July 28, 2011
Kinigi Gorillas Now Mingling with Other Rescued Gorillas at GRACE
Things are going amazingly well with the orphaned gorillas at the GRACE rescue center in DR Congo, following the arrival of the six from Rwanda over the weekend.
Yesterday, staff at GRACE put the new six and four of the older ones who were already there next door to each other in the nighthouse (i.e. separated only by bars). That went well, and it was decided to let female Pinga directly in to the group of four. That went very well. So then another female was let in, then two more and soon all 6 Kinigi gorillas were in with the four — a group of 10! There were no problems and no signs of stress (no diarrhea)! Everyone is amazed at how smoothly this has gone.
So the only ones not in the big group right now are the very youngest: Kyasa, Lubutu and Ihome.
Tonight the plan is to let the group of 10 sleep together in the nighthouse and tomorrow to let all 10 into the outdoor "mixing" yard, which for the Kinigi six will be their first steps back onto Congolese soil….
Reported by cell phone from the GRACE center, Luitzen Santman, manager