About Mazuka

Mazuka is the newest member of the Senkwekwe sanctuary and the only gorilla resident who is not an actual orphan, though the circumstances that led her to the orphanage are not without tragedy. 

Sadly, Mazuka was caught in a snare laid by poachers, as happens to hundreds of gorillas every year throughout the Congo. Upon being discovered, it was clear to the rangers that she had been alone in the forest for several days. Her injuries were so severe that she had to be torn from her family to receive treatment. 

It was hoped that, following medical intervention, she could be returned to her family within a few days. However, it turned that the snare had done Mazuka’s leg far too much damage and her foot had to be completely amputated.

Mazuka's Arrival

Despite this terrible ordeal, with the help of the gorilla doctors and caretakers at the Senkwekwe centre, Mazuka showed incredible resilience to recover from her critical condition. After being given time to rehabilitate, she even learned to climb again, although she was still far too vulnerable to rejoin her original family in the Virunga mountains. 

So it was that Mazuka became a permanent resident of the sanctuary, settling in thanks to the love and support she received from the dominant male, Matabishi and the other gorillas. In recognition of the miraculous turnaround that gave her a new family, the caretakers at Senkwekwe decided to change the name of their hero from Yalala to Mazuka, which translates from swahili as “resurrection”.

The Senkwekwe Centre
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She is not an actual orphan but due to unfortunate circumstances, she was torn from her family. She has shown extreme bravery.

Andre Bauma Head Caretaker, Senkwekwe Centre

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