They can’t walk yet, but the mountain gorilla twins born this January in Rwanda are now able to stand and are becoming more active every day! Fossey Fund staff continue to monitor their progress, along with that of their mother, Isaro.
Silverback Isbukuru is the dominant leader in their group, and even though he is a particularly large silverback, he is also known for being a very caring father who enjoys playing with his youngsters. However, so far, although he is often in close proximity to the twins, he has not yet physically engaged with them. Still, with their continued progress, that time is certainly to come soon.
In the meantime, their older brother, 4-year-old Icyororo, is clearly interested in the twins and is the only one in the group who has been seen carrying one or both of the twins for a few seconds of play time.
Photo by Nathan Thompson