Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Families

Bwindi mountain gorilla families

Bwindi mountain gorilla families.

Bwindi mountain gorilla families : Gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are various categories in which gorillas live as a family and grow as the produce and take care of each other. Located in South-Western Uganda, Bwindi National Park occupies an area of 321 square kilometres on the outskirts of the Great Rift Valley, adjacent to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Virunga National Park. There are plenty of gorilla families in  in the two parks that inhabit these gentle creatures, which is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park andUganda Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A group of mountain gorillas that live together as a family is called a gorilla family. When compared to other national parks like as Mgahinga, Virunga, and Volcanoes National Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the greatest number of mountain gorilla families.

More than half of all mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is the world’s most popular site for mountain gorilla trekking. This impenetrable forest has over 23 gorilla families that are both habituated and not the park has a total population of over 468 gorillas.

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Gorilla Families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Twenty-three habituated gorilla families allow visitors to embark on gorilla treks. Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo, and Rushaga sectors are the four areas where these habituated gorilla families are situated. Lost on which gorilla family to select to trek, find below the habituated mountain gorilla families in Bwindi that might help you decide;

Mubare gorilla family.

Mubare gorilla family is in the Buhoma sector which is situated in the northern part of Bwindi. With 12 members at first, this gorilla family is the oldest habituated gorilla family in Uganda; at present, there are only 9 members, with one silverback serving as the group leader. In1991, the family had fully habituated.

Habinyanja gorilla family.

Habinyanja gorilla family is situated in the Buhoma sector with 18 members including 2 silverbacks and was fully habituated in 1997. This group’s power struggles resulted in the division of the group and the creation of the Rushegura family.

Rushegura gorilla family.

Rushegura gorilla family can be found in the Buhoma sector with 19 members including 1 silverback. After separating from the Habinyanja gorilla family in 2002, the Rushegura Gorilla Family was established, including Mwirima Silverback. However, Mwirima passed away in 2014, leaving Kabukojo in charge of the group.

Katwe gorilla family.

 Katwe gorilla family is found in the Buhoma sector and is the newest family in the Buhoma region on the northern side of Bwindi. The family consists of two black backs, four adult females, two newborns, and one dominant silverback. In 2018, the family became available for gorilla trekking safari as well.

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Nkuringo gorilla family.

Nkuringo Gorilla group is situated in the Nkuringo area with 19 members including 2 silverbacks. One Silverback Nkuringo, who passed away in April 2008, leaving two Silverbacks in his wake, was the group’s original leader. This family received blessings with twins Muhoozi and Katungi but Katungi, sadly, passed on before the age of two.

Bushaho gorilla family.

 With eight individuals, including one silverback known as Bahati who broke away from the Nkuringo group, the Bushaho gorilla family is situated in the southern portion of the Nkuringo area.

Christmas gorilla family.

Christmas Gorilla group is among the newest family in the Nkuringo sector with 9 members and one dominant silverback known as Christmas who was actually born on Christmas day that’s where the name of the gorilla family originates from.

Bitukura gorilla family.

Bitukura Gorilla Family, in Ruhija sector, has 14 members with 4 silverbacks. This was the quickest habituated gorilla group which switched only 15 months to be done with and it was introduced to trekking soon after.

Oruzogo gorilla family.

There are 23 gorillas in the Oruzogo group, including 1 silverback, and they are all situated in the Ruhija Sector. The family had very lively young children and was available for trekking in 2011.

Kyaguriro gorilla family.

There are twenty gorillas in this group, which is based in Ruhija. For study reasons, the group was habituated in 1995. Rukina is the current leader of the family after Mukiza who left to make his own family.

Mukiza gorilla family.

The Ruhija sector is home to the Mukiza gorilla family. One of the silverbacks in Kyaguriro split off to start his own family, this is how the family was founded. The family has 10 members.

Nshongi gorilla family.

This gorilla family is in Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with 18 members and it was formally opened for trekking safari on 26th September 2009. With 36 members, it was the largest group. But the group broke up, creating new ones.

Mishaya gorilla family.

After a breakup in the 2010 Nshongi gorilla family, this group of gorillas was established. The group had seven members at first, but because to Mishaya’s aggression, there are now twelve.

Bweza gorilla group.

Another group of gorillas that split out from Nshongi was this one. Bweza the lead silverback broke away with 6 members but now has 11 in total.

Kahungye gorilla family.

Kahungye Gorilla group has 17 members with 3 silverbacks including the dominant Silverback called Rumansi, 6 females, 3 juveniles, 3 black backs, and 2 infants. When the group was made available for trekking by tourists in 2011, it consisted of 27 members. Less than a year later, those members divided into two, creating the Busingye gorilla family.

Busingye gorilla family.

The Busingye Gorilla Family, which separated from the Kahungye family in June 2012, is the newest group and is based in Rushaga. It has nine members, including one silverback.

Bikyingi gorilla family.

Bikyingi gorilla group is also in Rushaga with 21 individuals. After some Mishaya gorillas banded together with other wild gorillas to form their own family, the family was born. Next, the group was placed in a habituation chamber.  The lead silverback, Bikyingi, is amiable with all of his young.

Rwigi gorilla family.

This is yet another newly habituated gorilla family in Rushaga with 6 members. Rwigi the silverback gorilla is in charge of it. A split from the Kahungye faction occurred.

Mucunguzi gorilla family.

The Mucunguzi gorilla family, which has eight members and is predominately female, is likewise found in the Rushaga sector. This group broke from the Bweza gorilla family after a serious fight. In this family, Mucunguzi, which translates to “saviour,” is the head.

There are a lot more mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park, and their population is still growing. The only habituated gorilla groups living in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are the ones listed above. Acquire a gorilla trekking safari permit for a little $700 and  gorilla habituation excursion at 1500 USD and immerse yourself in the company of one or more gorilla families you will have unforgettable safari memories.

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