Mazuka is the newest member of the Senkwekwe sanctuary and the only gorilla not to have been orphaned in the usual sense, though her circumstances are not without tragedy. In June 2017, Mazuka’s leg was caught in a snare laid by poachers, a fate met by hundreds of gorillas each year throughout the Congo.
Upon being discovered, it was clear that Mazuka had been suffering alone in the forest for several days. It was hoped that, following medical intervention, Mazuka could be returned to her family within a week. However, the injuries inflicted by the snare were so severe that Mazuka’s foot had to be completely amputated.