Maria Faulconer


Umande at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; Photo Credit: Tracy Gazibara


















Selected Works

Children's Fiction
The heart-tugging true story of a baby gorilla who finds love in the arms of a surrogate mom.
Arianna and Monsieur Le Bear take the Grand Hotel by storm and change centuries of tradition.
Adult Non-fiction
Children an ocean apart share the same wishes in the face of war and violence

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Newly released! A Mom for Umande



I'd like you to meet Umande. He's a baby gorilla. On a cold winter's night, he was born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. The zookeepers set him in a mound of sweet hay, hoping that his mom would take care of him.

She didn't.

She was too young, and she didn't know what to do.

A Mom for Umande is the true story of Umande's search to find a surrogate mom. For eight months, a community of keepers, caregivers and volunteers spent thousands of hours teaching him how to be a gorilla. Then he was sent a thousand miles away to the Columbus Zoo where he found love in the arms of a 41-year-old gorilla named Lulu.

"At the center of this tale, based on a true story, is an adorable baby gorilla whose mother does not know how to take care of him. Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship."
-- Kirkus, starred review

You can order A Mom for Umande from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.