KARIBU - BLACKBACK
Meaning of name: ’Karibu’ means ‘welcome’ in Kiswahili
Age: About 11 years
Who’s yo daddy? Safari
Who’s yo mama? Mother unknown
Karibu is the self-appointed welcoming committee of the Nkuringo family. When you come to visit this friend of yours in BwindiImpenetrableForest, you may be alarmed when a big, hairy ape thumps his chest and hoots. Fear not, that’s Karibu’s way of welcoming visitors and trackers alike. (However, there’s no guarantee that he will welcome you in this way as he may be having his breakfast (that can take anything from two to three hours).
Karibu is, without a doubt, Safari’s son. More than just the sheer size of the ape which is characteristic of Safari’s other offspring, he also has tell-tale spots on his nose like his father. (By the way, did you know that, just as you’re identified through your finger prints, gorillas are identified through their nose prints which are unique to each gorilla)?
Sorry, for the digression; back to Karibu’s paternity. Further evidence of Safari being this blackback’s father lies in the fact that father has a soft spot for this particular gorilla. As a rule, blackbacks avoid the company of silverbacks (and this seems to suit both parties just fine, thank you). However, this is not the case between Karibu and Safari, as the blackback is often seen in the company of his father and papa Safari seems to welcome (even enjoy) his presence.