Born May 1977
The ‘Ki’ in Kibabu’s name was also part of his parents’ names and was used as a family identifier. He is the dominant male and silverback, is a close-to-perfect leader, well respected by the other gorillas in his group and at 210 kilograms, a magnificent gorilla. Kibabu is the father of the three young gorillas in the group. He is the obvious leader, protective and always alert, should any disagreement arise within his family. He can often been seen sitting towards the back of the exhibit, watching his family. Despite this, Kibabu still displays characteristic features of juvenile behaviour occasionally. He can sometimes be seen playing wrestling games with the younger gorillas – but once he realises the keepers are watching him he stops and becomes very serious again! Kibabu doesn’t take advantage of his position as a leader, except during feeding time. Kibabu loves his food! He’ll become dominant and a little assertive but never aggressive.