As with all my blogging, please note that what I have written below comes from my observations and public articles I've read or viewed, and not from the LA Zoo itself. My blogs are not affiliated with the Los Angeles Zoo. I am not an expert, only a quiet observer, and reader on great apes. LA Zoo is near my residence and has been a convenient and wonderful place for me to observe these wonderful creatures. I began observing them when I started walking at the LA Zoo for my health. (The zoo's beauty and life kept me motivated to keep walking.) The great apes grabbed my attention, and so I began researching outside articles and videos as I continued to observe these incredible animals. Thus, my blogs.
Because Jabari was full of fun for me today, I couldn't help but divert from the Campo Gorilla's Family Troop introductions to the Bachelor Pad.
Jabari is an adolescent Western Lowland Gorilla male who is filled with surprises. According to the studbook, Jabari was born November 4, 1997 at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida to father Gino (born in 1980 in Rotterdam and now located at the Disney Animal Park) and mother Hope (born September 7, 1983 in Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo). Gino is a great Silverback and was in high demand for awhile. His parents were wild born Ernst who resides in Spain's Fuengirola Zoo and wild born Salome who died November 24, 1999 at the Givskud Zoo. Hope was born to father Koundu, born October 6, 1975 in Bekesbourne, son of wild born Kisoro, who died September 24, 1986 at the Denver Zoo and wild born mother Mouila who is located at the Howletts Zoo Park in England. Hope's mother was Kisuma, born November 10, 1976 in Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, and died September 2, 1993 at Lincoln Park Zoo. Kisuma's parents were wild born father Otto, who died June 23, 1988 at Lincoln Park Zoo, and wild born mother Mumbi, who died October 9, 1998 at Lincoln Park Zoo.
According to the Zoo bio at his exhibit, "Jabari is Swahili for "fearless." In fact, according to one account I read (see below), Jabari arrived at the zoo ready for action, while his big brother Hasani was quite fearful. He is still young and playful.
Anyway, I mainly wanted to share the following story from today about Jabari:
While watching Jabari, the keeper came out to the visitor opening to throw food into the bachelors' exhibit in hopes of luring Hasani from the back where he wished to stay today because of something more exciting happening back there than in the exhibit. It didn't work. The situation made adolescent Jabari quite excitable. He wanted his older half-brother out also. He saw the keeper stop throwing food from time to time in order to call Hasani.
So, Jabari would look back toward the door from where his brother was to enter the exhibit. Sometimes he'd stand and try to see Hasani, other times, Jabari would just look back. He'd pace a bit, sit on one side, then on the other side.
All of a sudden, he beat his chest as he jumped down into the dry moat.
He climbed back up, paced some more, and stood up to look for Hasani a time or two.
And, once again, Jabari jumped up as he beat his chest. Nothing.
Jabari was utterly frustrated. When his and the keeper's attempts to lure Hasani out of the back failed, Jabari sat down and grabbed his head in his utter frustration.
Then, he began to give his own sign language for the keeper to throw him more food ... possibly Hasani's half of the food.
Well ... Jabari got the food. :)
ARTICLES & MISC ABOUT JABARI ON THE WEB:
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