Here is the latest video of Ndeze and Ndakasi, the 2 mountain gorilla orphans in Goma. Katya shot it the other day. Both little girls are now around the 20 kilo mark (over 40 pounds!) - which means they are actually not so little anymore. They require a great deal of energetic entertaining (the carers are exhausted!) and their diet is well-documented by the vets at MGVP for the carers.
You will hear in the background that there is a knocking noise. This is because the orphans are in Goma - which as we have said before is not quite right for them. It is too hot, too noisy and too dusty - that is for starters. But because of the lack of security in the park in the past, this has been the best place for them.
We hope that all of this is about to change with the construction of a new home for them - the Senkwekwe Centre at Rumangabo Park Station (I referred to this in the post last week). Senkwekwe if you recall was the Silverback massacred in July 2007, and the father of Ndeze.
This may take some time...
Construction is already well underway of Ndeze and Ndakasi’s new home - it has been financed largely by The Murry Foundation, who also did the primary school at Rumangabo that we inaugurated in March this year. I am off to Rumangabo tomorrow so will post you updated pictures later on in the week.