Photograph of Pumbu

  • Gorilla, Gorilla gorilla
  • 8 years
  • Female
  • born Republic of Congo

Parents killed for bushmeat trade. Confiscated from vendor in Pointe Noire. Aged about nine months on arrival. Scar above right eye, two healed cuts on left hand, very thin, coughing a lot, obviously scared. Drank one bowl of milk, one bowl of water, ate one banana. Slept well during night, a lot of scratching, possible mites problem. Recovered health with help of surrogate mother at Projet Protection des Gorilles.

Photographed Lesio-Louna Reserve, Republic of Congo, May 2003