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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Braving a night-time walk in Laikipia, Kenya, I made my way down a little dirt path through the camp. Suddenly I froze. In the light of my torch shone two little blazing eyes, unblinking, gleaming at me boldly. 614 more words

Kuja, Part IV

Since that “endless summer” taste of being close to the largest and most powerful of the great apes, I have been fortunate to be able to observe mountain gorillas (Kuja was a western lowland) in the wild. 333 more words

Memphis Zoo

Kuja, Part III

Kuja’s muscular strength was as out-sized as his voice. One afternoon the actress June Lockhart–star of many classic MGM films and the tv series Lassie and Lost In Space– paid a visit to the zoo and was welcomed into the nursery for a special visit. 194 more words

Charles Alexander

Kuja, Part II

The job was a dream. Often I was at the zoo from midnight til 8am, 7 nights a week. Every few hours, formula was prepared; baby was fed, burped, and weighed; records were scrupulously kept; diapers were changed and baths given as needed. 278 more words

Charles Alexander

Kuja, Part I

Gorillas have played an important role in shaping the direction of my life since I was a teenager.

My first real paying job was at the Memphis Zoo when I was almost 19. 317 more words

Charles Alexander

Gorilla Habitat, Gladys Porter Zoo

Gladys Porter Zoo’s gorilla family enjoying their 2pm snacks.

The gorilla family at the Gladys Porter Zoo is fed at constant intervals throughout the day. GPZ–located in Brownsville, Texas right on the Texas/Mexico border– is home to three generations of gorillas. 19 more words

Gladys Porter Zoo