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.