At about 5:30 a.m. early Wednesday, 25th July Kaboko, the only hostage male-mountain gorilla in the world died at Senkwekwe Center mountain gorilla refuge at Virunga National Park headquarters within the Eastern part of DRC. His dying came as battling occurred between Congolese army and M23 rebels only a mile from this center.
Kaboko, who experienced a past of gastrointestinal difficulties, all of a sudden became ill vomiting plus bloody diarrhea occurred on 24th July . With advice from Gorilla Doctors-veterinarians, that are in charge of medical care of these orphaned mountain gorilla living at Senkwekwe Center, the Virunga National Park personnel medicated him with some antibiotics plus oral fluids. the Gorilla Doctors were ready as well as willing to go to the park by means of road or air, however were not able to get to the shelter because of the extreme fighting around the headquarters of the park .
Kaboko has actually been under their care since the year 2007, following his rescued from some poachers and needed surgery to actually amputate his right-hand, that had been gravely injured by a trap. It’s a pity that the doctors were unable to get to him this time around, however they are thankful for the commitment of the staff of the Virunga National Park , who made several efforts to rescue Kaboko as well as they could, as well as who’ve fearlessly continued to be in the Senkwekwe Center to look after the rest of the gorillas regardless of the war just close by.”
9 year-old Kaboko resided at Senkwekwe Center with 11 year-old mature female Maisha plus 5 year-old young females Ndeze plus Ndakasi . All 4 were born by un habituated mountain gorillas within Virunga National Park, however were orphaned by activities involving people conducting unlawful activities within the park. Apart from losing his right-hand, Kaboko experienced mental trauma due to his experience and was stressed out and lonely for over a year following his confiscation.
Most of the southern part of the Virunga National Park, that is habitat to roughly Two hundred of the surviving 786 mountain-gorillas, continues to be under the control of rebels since the month of May this year.