29 12, 2017


2019-05-10T10:25:37-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Pinga (PING-gah) Female Born: 2002 Rescued: 2004 Pinga gets her name from the village in eastern DRC where she was rescued from poachers in 2004. Her rescuers said that from the moment they saw Pinga, they knew that she was a gorilla destined to [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-26T18:43:46-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Isangi (eee-SANG-ghee) Female Born: 2011 Rescued: 2012 Isangi’s family was killed by poachers when she was around 9 months old and she was taken by an armed group who then gave her to a Congolese community group in the village of Isangi (where [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T22:57:28-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Tumaini (too-my-EE-nee) Female Born: 2006 Rescued: 2006 Tumaini 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 [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T22:51:43-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Shamavu (shah-MAH-voo) Male Born: 2011 Rescued: 2011 Shamavu was named after Christian Shamavu, the park ranger from Virunga National Park who led the two-week sting operation in the Walikale region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that resulted in his rescue from poachers trying to [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T22:20:04-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Serufuli (ser-EH-fuh-lee) Female Born: 2003 Rescued: 2005 Confiscated near Goma in eastern DRC in 2005, Serufuli was named after a North Kivu, DRC governor. She was between two and three years of age when she was rescued. Serefuli was cared for briefly in [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-24T21:58:44-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Ndjingala (en-JING-ga-la) Female Born: 2010 Rescued: 2010 In early 2010, rumors began circulating about a young gorilla that was being offered for sale in the Walikale region of eastern DRC. That gorilla, barely a year old at the time, was Ndjingala. Named after [...]

29 12, 2017


2018-03-20T23:24:44-05:00December 29th, 2017|

Muyisa (moo-YEE-sah) Female Born: 2011 Rescued: 2011 Muyisa was rescued in 2011 on the border of Rwanda and DRC. She was taken into Rwanda then due to insecurity could not return to her home in DRC for 3 years. During this time she [...]

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 [...]