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102 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.16 Louisville.com Listen to our new podcast on Louisville.com! nawbokentucky.org Nominations are now open for the 2017 NAWBO EPIC Awards… • Large Business Owner of the Year • Small Business Owner of the Year • Associate Owner of the Year • Supporting Partner Award • Outstanding Member Award • Humanitarian Award The 2017 EPIC Awards Dinner will be on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The winners will be announced that evening. The nomination period opens September 15 and closes on October 15. Nominations should be sent via email to Stephanie Geddes at firstname.lastname@example.org. A W A R D S 2 0 1 7 For nomination guidelines and more information visit www.nawbokentucky.org We look forward to seeing you soon! "I don't want people getting the wrong message, reducing it down to something so simplistic. I'm worried we're not giving people enough, that there's no way for us to impart to people how important this thing is. I find it disturbing that people say, 'I want to do it, it's so fun.' It becomes so simplistic, so trite." en, she might catch sight of a little girl, maybe the one with the tomato-red cheeks who seems so smitten with Kindi, her smile hanging as a frozen, joyful gasp. Maybe she's the kind who rescues abandoned bunnies too. "Maybe seeing me in here with Kindi will inspire her to become the next Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey," Katka says. Maybe all this is about more than one species. At about 2 in the afternoon, Williamson walks into the exhibit space with a warm Dr. Brown's-brand bottle of soy formula and an L-shaped mesh gate that stands about waist high. She holds the gate with her right hand and pokes the bottle through mesh with her left. Kindi crawls to the mesh and starts to drink, her face just a few inches from Williamson's Kindi tattoo on the inside of her left wrist. Taking a bottle through mesh without a prob- lem, Kindi's ready for life with her family. e introduction to Paki is nearing. When it happens, 24-hour Kindi care will cease. e schedule will lighten. And Kindi will be a gorilla. "It's what's supposed to happen, y'all," a keeper whose own daughter is heading to college this fall recites. Kids grow up. Bonding time won't disappear. It will now just involve a stainless-steel barrier. "We are super attached to her," Katka says. "Our attach- ment will just be through mesh." Unless the surrogacy doesn't work. en Kindi would transfer to a different zoo. It's a possibility. Not one keepers dwell on. Katka packages this major next step as orderly, clean: "Once we open the gate and introduce her to Paki, we're not tak- ing her from Paki. e goal is to never step back in," she says. "Take the vest off, send it back to Cincinnati. We don't need it anymore." ere will never be another spring and summer like the one Gorilla Forest just wrapped. Most keepers describe the experience as a "privilege," not one that they ever would've wished for, but one they would never now trade. Too much in five short months: the day they found Kindi's tickle spots (lower belly, back of the neck); dozing with the gorilla infant so peacefully that the cadence of breaths, in and out, appear synced; Paki swooping to the mesh to peek at Kindi; Mia Moja's death, a loss no one has had time to process. It's been heartbreaking and amazing. It's been exhausting and beautiful. It's been motherhood. keeping kindi Continued from page 65