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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Etumbe is pregnant!

Etumbe is pregnant ! isn’t that wonderful news – hopefully this baby will be the first release birth ever!!! I don’t want to get my hopes up but it would just be too wonderful. The measure of success for any release program is if the released individuals reproduce... i know this is cheating a bit coz etumbe was already pregnant when she was release but i hope all the other bonobos get the same idea that having a baby in the forest is such an awesome idea. I hope it catches on like wildfire.

Etumbe is taking her pregnant role seriously. Every night the bonobos sleep in the forest and they make nests, like beds from branches of the trees. Well etumbe has kicked out her 4 year old boy, Mbano from her nest and told him to go make his own nest since mom’s nest will soon have a newborn

Mbano’s first attempts at nest building were hilarious – he only pulled 5 sticks togheter. But after a few nights, he’s now a pro, building lovely fluffy nests out of the trees.