We are happy to report that Kalonge, who was rescued last spring, continues to thrive at the Senkweke Center. Her caregivers have been bathing her in affection ever since she arrived and the Gorilla Doctors have been keeping a close eye on her health. For those of you who don’t know about Kalonge, she was caught in a snare in the forest between Walikale and Kuhuzi-Biega National Park. The chief of a nearby village alerted park authorities to make sure she received treatment and wouldn’t fall into the hands of animal traffickers.
Until a week ago, no one knew if Kalonge was a mountain gorilla or eastern lowland “Grauer’s” gorilla. As is often the case, genetic testing was needed to make the determination. The test results from the Max Planck Institute have shown that young Kalonge is indeed a Grauer’s gorilla. For this reason, she can only be a guest at the Senkwekwe Center and must be transferred to the GRACE facility for lowland gorillas in Butembo. Kalonge will be sad to leave her caregivers, but she’ll get to join a large family of gorillas at GRACE and will also receive loving care from the staff there. And, Kalonge will get to fly in an airplane!