Bauma has dedicated his life caring for lowland gorillas just like Mapendo, amidst rampant poaching and the civil war in the Congo that often wages in and around Virunga, threatening the lives of its people and animals.
Despite this turmoil, to the gorillas of Virunga, Bauma provides, yes, food and shelter. But perhaps as important as basic necessities, Bauma does for these lost animals exactly what the photo of baby Mapendo shows: He's simply there for them.
"I stayed with Mapendo for a long time," Bauma wrote.
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