Hi.this is Odilon
One of the first workers at Mount Tshiaberimu has died after falling down a ditch when walking home with his wife.
Kasereka Nzwende, known as Solitaire, died on the way back from attending mass on the night of Sunday 14 February.
He was one of the first local people to monitor the gorillas at Mount T, and he had been particularly fond of silverback gorilla Kanindo, who sadly died last year.
Jean Claude Kyungu, Project Manager at Mount Tshiaberimu, said it was very sad to lose Solitaire, who he knew as Papa because of his old age and wisdom.
Jillian Miller, Executive Director of the Gorilla Organization, said “I am very sorry to hear about Solitaire’s death. He gave a lot to the gorillas, and the sorrow about his death is very deep. I send my deepest condolences to his family.”
Solitaire leaves two wives and several children.
He was buried at Kisone with an intimate family funeral.