Ndakasi, an adorable gorilla who spent her life in a gorilla orphanage at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, passed away on 26th September because of prolonged illness at the age of 14.
Ndakasi shot to global popularity in 2019 for a photobombed selfie taken by her caretakers. It showed Ndakasai and another female gorilla named Ndeze along with their two caretakers Mathieu and Patric. It went viral when the image was on Instagram.
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Her parents dead by gunshot of hunters and little Ndakasai was left alone in the dense forest.
Ndakasai was rescued by rangers when she was two months old and lived with them in the Virunga National Park after the death of her parents. She was raised at the orphanage with her caretaker Mr. Bauma.
He said that he loved Ndakasi as if she was his child.
There were only 720 mountain gorillas on the planet when the year Ndakasi was born. Uganda, Rwanda, Congo National Park are the places where most mountain gorillas inhabit But human encroachment poses to their survival. In a situation like this, how should the forest be a safe place for a baby gorilla with no parents and relatives?
In the orphanage, Ndakasai was brought up as a child and reflected adorable qualities and the connection between humans and gorillas. The bond between Ndakasi and her caretaker was very strong. He said that he fed her and shared the bed with her and played with her like a mother.
Hunting is the reason for the extinction of mountain gorillas. Gorilla meat is considered a prestigious food among wealthy people. Also, the body parts of mountain gorillas use as trophies or magical charms.
Let them live freely in their natural habitat. Conservation of these species should start even now. Encouraging sustainable forestry may help to protect extinct species like mountain gorillas.