Protecting the Virunga Mountain Gorillas

Every time as bombs, rockets and mortarts ripp through the air, Andre Bauma and his adopted daughter Ndakasi huddle together. He holds Nadakasi and strokes her thick dark hair, while she clings to him like he is the only who can protect her.

Andre Bauma and his adopted daughter Ndakasi

Andre Bauma and his adopted daughter Ndakasi

They are by no means the only ones afraid. But what makes them unique is that Ndasaki, Bauma’s “daughter,” is one of around 800 mountain gorillas remaining in the world.

As fighting continues in the eastern Congo, some of the world’s few remaining mountain gorillas are caught in the crossfire. The Senkwekwe Orphan Mountain Gorilla Center is the only facility for critically endangered orphan mountain gorillas in the world, located in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read here the incredible story of Andre Bauma and his care for the orphaned baby gorilla Ndakasi. Visit the Senkwekwe Center and support Andre and the gorilla orphans.