How Your Adoption Can Help

Your adoption will help care for the orphan gorillas of Senkwekwe as well as the wild mountain gorillas that call Virunga their home.

The Senkwekwe Centre, the only facility in the world for orphaned mountain gorillas, plays a critical role in rehabilitating and caring for orphan gorillas. Since being abandoned by or taken from their families, our two orphan gorillas have been cared for by our team of experts. A unique bond exists between them and the caretakers, who like all families enjoy spending their time eating and playing.

Protecting Virunga’s Wild Mountain Gorilla Population

While the sanctuary’s mountain gorillas are assured the protection of their caretakers, Virunga’s team of trackers and Rangers keep a watchful, yet more distant eye on the mountain gorillas living wild in the forests of Virunga. Mountain gorillas are one of the few species that have been downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered. Your donation helps ensure the Park can commit to continually adapting conservation strategies and has a team of Park Rangers dedicated to executing them. This continued protection of mountain gorillas in the wild reduces the risk of gorillas being orphaned through conflict, snares, and disease in the future.

As part of your adoption package, you will receive the following:

Photo credit: Virunga National Park
Innocent is one of five caretakers at the Senkwekwe Centre
Innocent is one of five caretakers at the Senkwekwe Centre

I enjoy each day I spend with the gorillas. To have a job that I love, which provides for my family, is something I really appreciate. I started off as a civilian gorilla tracker in the Mikeno sector and quickly fell for these animals."⁠

Niyonzima Bukoyo Innocent

Frequent Asked Questions

A. Without the support of their mothers, gorilla orphans cannot survive in the wild. The Senkwekwe Centre is the only hope for mountain gorillas separated from their families.

A. You will receive a monthly newsletter about the health, development and interactions of the Senkwekwe gorillas. We will also keep you up to date on the Senkwekwe troop as a whole, share important news about wild mountain gorillas families and occasionally invite you to ‘ask the caretakers’.

A. The money you pledge helps provide vital care, compassion and companionship for orphan gorillas at the Senkwekwe Centre through our team of dedicated caretakers. Your contribution money will also help Rangers protect mountain gorilla families living in the wild and threatened by conflict.

A. The Senkwekwe Centre is the world’s only orphanage specialising in the care of mountain gorillas. By adopting with Virunga, you allow orphan gorillas of the most endangered subspecies to live a fulfilled life while protecting wild infants from suffering the same ordeal of losing their family.

A. Anyone with an interest in the protection of this endangered species.

A. We recommend pledges starting at USD 10 a month, but all contributions do their bit to help orphaned mountain gorillas.

A. Yes! Adopting a gorilla can be a fitting way to commemorate a loved one or the perfect gift for a wildlife enthusiast.

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