“lew-LING-goo”, 1-year-old female
ulingu was named after the village near Kahuzi-Biega National Park where she was confiscated in 2016. She arrived at GRACE in June 2016 (click here to read more). She is the youngest gorilla at GRACE and is in quarantine now until her health stabalizes. She will join the rest of the gorillas soon. Most gorillas are between 2-3 years when they arrive at GRACE, so Lulingu is quite young. Yet, she is a tough little girl! On her first day in the forest, she immediately climbed up a tree and made her own nest! She is becoming increasingly independent, athough she is still attached to her blanket that provides her comfort at night. She has had this blanket since she was rescued. The GRACE caregivers think Lulingu (sometimes called “Luli”) is the perfect little gorilla because she always takes her food and medicines and loves to play, play, play! She especially loves being in the forest. She is adventurous and loves to climb high, which sometimes means her caregivers have to go up the tree to help her down!