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29 12, 2017


2019-05-01T22:28:06-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Mapendo (ma-PEN-do) Female Born: 2005 Rescued: 2007 Mapendo, whose name means “great love” in Kiswahili, was about 3 years of age when she was confiscated from poachers in December of 2007. Mapendo was in the first group of gorillas that arrived at GRACE [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T21:39:47-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Lulingu (lew-LING-goo) Female Born: 2016 Rescued: 2016 Lulingu was named after the village near Kahuzi-Biega National Park where she was confiscated in 2016. She arrived at GRACE in June 2016 and underwent quarantine, with around-the-clock care from human caregivers, to stabilize her health and [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T21:28:47-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Lubutu (lew-BOO-too) Male Born: 2010 Rescued: 2011 Lubutu is named after the hot and dry Congolese town where he was rescued in 2011 by the wildlife authority after months of investigation. Four people, who were preparing to illegally sell Lubutu, were arrested in [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T21:09:51-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Kighoma (kee-OH-ma) Male Born: 2009 Rescued: 2010 Kighoma was held captive in Buniatenge, near the Tayna Nature Reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, by a militia group. Such groups often keep young gorillas and other wildlife as ‘mascots’. He was rescued by [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T21:04:40-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Kalonge (kah-LONG-ghee) Female Born: 2012 Rescued: 2014 Kalonge was confiscated by the Congolese wildlife authority in March 2014 after villagers discovered her caught in a snare set near village called Kalonge by Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Kalonge was thin and dehydrated when found and [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T20:46:21-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Itebero (ee-TEY-beer-roh) Female Born: 2002 Rescued: 2004 Itebero was only about one-and-a-half years old when she was confiscated from poachers and was named after the village in eastern DRC where she was rescued. Itebero is very intelligent and is considered the smartest gorilla at [...]

29 12, 2017


2019-05-06T09:24:39-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Amani (ah-MAH-nee) Female Born: 2007 Rescued: 2009 Amani was rescued in 2009 as part of a 3-month investigation by the Congolese wildlife authority that culminated in a sting operation at the Goma airport. On the day she was rescued, Amani was found stuffed into [...]

20 12, 2017

Grauer’s Gorillas

2018-02-14T19:26:13-05:00December 20th, 2017|

Males can weigh up to 500 pounds. They are a close relative of the better known mountain gorilla, but tend to live at lower elevations and incorporate more fruit into their diet. But very little is known about Grauer’s gorilla ecology or behavior because they have not been well studied in the wild. Grauer’s [...]

15 12, 2017

Recycle your electronics to help gorillas

2017-12-15T03:01:18-05:00December 15th, 2017|

Did you know that your cell phone and other electronics have contributed to the gorilla conservation crisis? Minerals such as columbite and tantalite (“coltan” for short) are widely used in cell phones and other electronics and are commonly sourced from mines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the only place where Grauer’s gorillas, the [...]

13 12, 2017

Jeanny Misave

2017-12-20T00:13:42-05:00December 13th, 2017|

Jeanny Kahindu Misave Jeanny was born and raised in Bingi, North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The youngest of 12 children, she grew up in a mountain village near Tayna Nature Reserve where the community makes a living from agriculture and raising livestock. At the age of 26, Jeanny graduated from the Tayna Center [...]