Orphaned Gorilla Dies In The Arms Of Ranger Who Saved Her 14 Years Ago

Published: October 07, 2021 at 12:33 PM Author: Penny Eims



In 2007, an infant mountain gorilla was discovered clinging to the body of her dead mother, who had been killed by militia who were hunting for bushmeat. The two-month-old baby, dubbed Ndakasi, was whisked to safety by Andre Bauma, a ranger who became her life-long friend.

Ndakasi was brought to the Senkwekwe Center in Virunga National Park, where she stayed for the remainder of her life.

On October 5, Virunga National Park broke the news of Ndaski’s passing to Facebook followers, writing:

It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, who had been under the care of the Park’s Senkwekwe Center for more than a decade. On the evening of 26 September, following a prolonged illness in which her condition rapidly deteriorated, Ndakasi took her final breath in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend, Andre Bauma.

In a release from the national park, Ndakasi’s friend, Andre Bauma, commented on the impact the gorilla made in his life:

“It was a privilege to support and care for such a loving creature, especially knowing the trauma Ndakasi suffered at a very young age. One could say that she took after her mother, Nyiransekuye, whose name means “someone happy to welcome others.” 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 Ndakasi my friend. I loved her like a child and her cheerful personality brought a smile to my face every time I interacted with her. She will be missed by all of us at Virunga but we are forever grateful for the richness Ndakasi brought to our lives during her time at Senkwekwe.”

You can learn more about supporting gorilla conservation at this link.


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Merika Crawford
Merika Crawford
18 days ago

Rest in peace baby, many thanks to the ranger who was her friend. Condolences.

Julie Case
Julie Case
18 days ago

I’m crying..she passed with her love..

Ria Louwerse
Ria Louwerse
15 days ago
Reply to  Julie Case

I am crying too rest in peace sweetheart beautiful girl

Kate Kenner
Kate Kenner
18 days ago

What a sad and beautiful and uplifting story. I like that they were refereed to as friends and not just as a gorilla and her caretaker. What a wonderful relationship for both ot them and I know that Andre misses her a lot. I adopt a 14 1/2 year old schnauzer a couple of months ago and his name is Andre-he came with that name-and now I will see his name in a new light as he shares it with a very special man. We indeed must do all that is possible to save gorillas, other primates, and so many other animals from the horrors they face in a world a humans.

Patricia Wicker
Patricia Wicker
18 days ago

REST IN PEACE LITTLE ONE. BLESS THIS MAN WHO CARED FOR HER ALL THESE YEARS.

janet peters
janet peters
18 days ago

Rest in Heaven Sweet Girl :(( Many Condolences to the Ranger who cared for her. <3

Denise D Marano
Denise D Marano
18 days ago

God Bless the Both of you.🙏🙏 The Caretaker of this Magnificent Animal & the Gorilla who remembered his kindness & Love & chose to die in the arms of the man she truly Loved❤️.

Melissa Warfield
Melissa Warfield
18 days ago

My deepest condolences for the loss of the swee Ndakasi. Prayers to you to help you through this tough time. May God help you find another precious Mountain gorilla to take care of.

DMP
DMP
18 days ago

RIP Ndakasi, God Bless the Ranger who saved you and was holding you while you passed away.

Dee Kaye
Dee Kaye
18 days ago

Please make sure to view the link to the center that rescued and cared for this and other mountain gorillas – it is so important to learn about these places and and the amazing conservation work they do, and help support them if you can:

https://virunga.org/wildlife/primates/mountain-gorillas/gorilla-orphans/ndakasi/?fbclid=IwAR31UNwxEuHOmGq-_hDGe07f1X6v-k_2EtXgcIusfDm8labjoR9Jxb339tQ

Rita Maskill
Rita Maskill
17 days ago

I’m crying too what a beautiful baby she was god rest her soul NDAKASI go get your wings in heaven you have earned them R I P and be happy and free in heaven 🦍🌠🌈🙏

Sheila
Sheila
17 days ago

I thank you for caring for this beautiful intelligent animal 🙏❤️

Diana Sharp Balch
Diana Sharp Balch
16 days ago

I have always loved apes and their intelligence. I have always felt such a kinship with them. So very sad, my synmpathy and gratitude for loving her and protecting her, for her life.

Sylvia S Ehrler
Sylvia S Ehrler
12 days ago

So sorry for your loss