Highlights:

  • The world-famous mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, aged 14, passed away last week
  • Bauma rescued her 14 years ago when she was clinging to the lifeless body of her mother
  • Ndakasi also featured in the documentary titled “Virunga”

The world-famous mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, aged 14, passed away last week, taking its last breath in the ranger’s arm. She became famous after her selfie with a park ranger went viral in 2019. Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of Congo issued a statement stating, “Ndakasi took her final breath in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend Andre Bauma.”

Andre Bauma who rescued the gorilla in 2007 expressed that it was a “privilege” to support and care for “such a loving creature.” He added, “It was Ndakasi’s sweet nature and intelligence that helped me to understand the connection between humans and great apes, and why we should do everything in our power to protect them. I am proud to have called her my friend. I loved her like a child, and her helpful cheerful personality brought a smile to my face every time I interacted with her.”

Ndakasi passed away after a prolonged illness. When Bauma rescued her 14 years ago, she was clinging to the lifeless body of her mother. She was then shifted to the Senkwekwe Centre in Virunga for rehabilitation with fellow gorilla Ndeze, who was also orphaned.

Ndakasi also featured in the documentary titled “Virunga” which screened individuals risking their lives to rescue mountain gorillas, listed as “endangered” species. Reportedly, Virunga is the last park trying to rescue this species but has to rely on donations by visitors and tourists.

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