Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) Trunkline Magazine: March 2017 - Page 4

KINDI'S FIRST YEAR! K indi has had Kindi at a many adventures since week old. we welcomed her on March 14, 2016. In honor of her turning one year old, we’re taking you through some of the most important milestones of her journey so far. In the beginning of her journey, Gorilla Forest keepers diligently time, Kindi also learned how hand-raised Kindi after the passing to take a bottle through of her mother Mia Moja following Kindi is bottle-fed mesh, and then how to an emergency cesarean section. by Assistant Curator Jill crawl to the mesh to These keepers acted as Kindi’s hu- Katka. In her fi rst several receive her bottles. man surrogates, teaching her how months, Kindi was under It wasn’t long before to become a gorilla until she was 24-hour care by Gorilla Kindi got acquainted ready for introduction to a possible of Gorilla Forest. staff . with the different foods, gorilla surrogate. By August 1, 2016, smells and textures of Kindi was fi rst trained how to Kindi had met all the Gorilla Forest, like the feel hold onto her gorilla surrogate. milestones necessary to of hay or the smell of grass. She Gorilla staff wore a furry smock enable the surrogate introductory also spent lots of time during the and moved as a gorilla would to process to begin. Kweli was given day interacting with other gorillas encourage Kindi to grip onto them the opportunity to surrogate Kindi through a mesh panel in her room. in the same way she would grip and immediately stepped up to the Finally, keepers mentored Kindi on onto a gorilla mom. At that task. Keepers were how to navigate the transfer chutes Mother Mia Moja 4 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Spring 2017 Kindi learns about the diff erent areas of Gorilla Forest.