Kalonge (front and center) receiving a warm welcome from Lubutu, Amani, Muyisa, and Ndjingala
The news about young Kalonge couldn’t be better. After finishing her quarantine period at GRACE, she was introduced to the other gorillas and was literally accepted with open arms. One never knows how these introductions will go because there are social dynamics at play in any group. In this case, the dynamics clearly worked in young Kalonge’s favor.
Kalonge displayed an immediate affinity for adult female, Dunia
One touching example of her acceptance occurred on the first day that she was allowed in with the other gorillas. Kalonge was way out in new forested enclosure with the group when the evening bell rang — the signal for all the gorillas to come in for the night. Naturally, all but Kalonge took the cue and quickly made their way back to the main building. Poor Kalonge was left alone in the forest and soon began to panic and cry. Six year-old Ndjingala heard her cries and ran back to the forest enclosure to find her. Ndjingala soon reappeared with Kalonge riding on her back, giving her a ride all the way back to the main building.
Earlier on Day 1, Kalonge hitches a ride with Dunia
Those involved with Kalonge’s care couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out. Heartfelt thanks to everyone at GRACE for taking such good care of the gorillas there. If you would like to read more about Kalonge’s integration at GRACE, please visit the GRACE blog.