Autumn Appetizers with Ndume ( )

Posted On: November 10, 2018
Date Taken: November 09, 2018


Ndume loves the Fall season in Woodside, California, where leaves turn colors, and there are special treats like pumpkin and persimmon leaves to consume.
Here's he shown enjoying a little pumpkin followed by a lot of Persimmon leaves as an appetizer for a larger meal on the way.
Note that Ndume gestures when he's ready for more Persimmon leaves.  Sometimes he claps, and sometimes he bangs on the mesh to indicate he wants more of something. 
While he was never made part of the Project Koko language study, Ndume picked up a number of natural gestures and signs from just being around Koko (and before that Michael), and created some of his own, in order to express his wants and needs to us.
All gorillas seem to have extensive gestural communication capabilities.
If we just spend a little time teaching and learning from them, we can make their lives much richer in captivity, and begin to create an optimal care environment for both individual gorillas and family groups.  Communication also increases interspecies empathy, and empathy is the key to true and lasting conservation for gorillas (and other great apes, who have similar gestural capabilities)  living in the wild.


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