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Portrait of Ndume, Koko's good friend

Portrait of Ndume, Koko's good friend

Posted On: June 14, 2014
Date Taken: July 28, 2012


Photographer: ROn Cohn

Closeup of Koko's best gorilla friend, Ndume. It was originally expected that Koko and Ndume would become mates, when she first selected him via a "video dating" process. However, while they get along well, they have not mated, possibly due to the absence of a natural gorilla group structure—multiple females associated with the silverback male. Koko has communicated to us that she would welcome a small female support group — which could lead to the birth of a gorilla baby (her dearest wish).

Portrait of Ndume, Koko's good friend

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