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

 

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

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    $10
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    $10

    Funds an enrichment activity for our orphan gorillas.

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    $25
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    $25

    Supports the conservation of wild gorillas by funding a gorilla tracker for one day.

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    $75
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    $75

    Provides one week of food and supplements for an orphan gorilla.

Ndeze's Arrival

Since arriving at the Senkwekwe Centre, Ndeze has remained somewhat withdrawn, pottering along with life in her gentle way. Her often subdued demeanor can give the illusion that she is less advanced than her companion.

However, Ndeze is an intelligent forager and is steadily learning the best ways to navigate her relationship with Matabishi, the more dominant of the two gorillas. Ndeze now recognizes when to show affection and when she should yield, behavior which has resulted in a more harmonious relationship in the sanctuary.

The Senkwekwe Centre
Photo credit: Adam Keifer

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

André Bauma Head Caretaker, Senkwekwe Centre
As part of your adoption package, you will receive the following:

Mountain Gorilla Sanctuary

Virunga National Park’s headquarters at Rumangabo is home to the Senkwekwe Centre, the world’s only facility for orphaned mountain gorillas. With expert staff who provide daily care for the orphans, who were each separated from their family due to the impact of poaching, the Senkwekwe Centre is a unique sanctuary offering the gorillas the chance to lead happy and secure lives in their forested enclosure.

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Learn more about the gorilla orphans project and our efforts to protect the gorilla habitat.