“too-my-EE-nee”; 10-year-old female
umaini is a Kiswahili word for hope. Rescued from poachers near Goma in 2006, Tumaini was very young, between 3 and 6 months old, and in poor health. With rehabilitation first in Goma and then at a facility in Rwanda, Tumaini’s health improved and she joined the second large group of gorillas that arrived at GRACE in July 2011.
Tumaini is a peaceful and very social member of the group at GRACE, but can become protective of her food, especially her favorite wild bananas. Tumaini seems to want to be the most dominant gorilla in her age group and likes to display often to show off. She is shorter than other gorillas her size, which may be a result of stunted growth from malnutrition experienced at an early age.
Best friend: Ndjingala
Identifying characteristics: Short arms and legs