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Ndume Naps after Opening a Few Too Many

Here"s one from Ndume"s Christmas collection It sums it all up. Ndume was so excited about his party that he needed a good nap after opening his presents. Guess the caregivers and generous supporters succeeded at their goal: pure contentment for Koko's silverback Read more

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Ndume the Contemplative (?)

Ndume, Koko"s silverback partner, enjoys some quiet time high above the madding crowd. Is he thinking, meditating, smiling or just being Ndume? In this particular photo we"re not sure, but thought it conveyed something essential about Ndume"s Read more

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