About Ndeze

In 2007, Ndeze’s mother, Safari, was brutally murdered, along with four other adult gorillas, including silverback Senkwekwe.  

Several days after the massacre, Ndeze was found clinging to her brother’s back. She was too young to survive without her mother’s milk, so the vets intervened and relocated her to a temporary facility in Goma where she met Ndakasi. This is where the pair became close friends before moving permanently to the sanctuary in 2007.

Andre feeding Ndenze

 

Ndeze's Arrival

Ever since Ndeze’s arrival, she has remained somewhat withdrawn, pottering along with life in her gentle way. Her often subdued manner can give the illusion that she is less advanced, but actually, like her buddy Ndakasi, she is extremely intelligent. 

 

 

Despite their similar cognitive abilities, Ndeze either does not possess the same degree of curiosity as Ndakasi, or simply chooses not to act upon it. She is content to remain peacefully quiet and in the company of her caretakers.

The Senkwekwe Centre
Photo credit: Adam Keifer

Ndeze is a happy gorilla who wants to be naughty and nice at the same time.

Andre Bauma Head Caretaker, Senkwekwe Centre

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