JUVENILE - TWAKIRE
Meaning of name: Twakire means ‘welcoming’ in Rukiga.
Age: 4 years (estimated to have been born in 2005)
Who’s yo daddy? Ndahura
Who’s yo mama? Betina
Unlike her mother Betina, Twakire is a warm and friendly little beast. During habituation, Twakire couldn’t understand mother Betina’s bashful attitude towards her human friends and would often lead the men to where her mother would be hiding from them in the thick undergrowth of the forest. That’s how the trackers gave this gorilla the name ‘welcoming’.
Twakire has got light brown eyes and dimples on her nose that give her the appearance of having four nostrils.
Since Twigukye left the family about four-months ago, there has been a shortage of friends to play with. The infants cannot wander too far away from their mother’s watchful eyes, so they can’t be counted on to explore the wonders the dark jungle holds. The blackback Obia is her particular friend and playmate and sometimes Mugisha will join them in play. That said, she does miss Twigukye who she could always count on to play girlie games with her.
That said, Twakire has the monthly re-unions with the Kyaguriro family to look forward to, where playmates galore are to be found. Yeah!!!
It may be just a matter of time before your friend moves on to join Twigukye in the Kyaguriro family.