Mountain gorillas are some of the world's most fascinating and endangered animals and sadly these gentle creatures face a perilous future. Trekking to see them in Uganda or Rwanda will give you a new appreciation for their plight and the awakenings that travel can offer. Below you can. Read about the Gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park – in Uganda
Gorilla families are different groups in which gorillas live as a family and grow as they produce and taking care of each other. Bwindi is situated in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Great rift valley sitting on an area of 321 square kilometers bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga mountains. There are a number of gorilla families in Uganda the two parks that inhabit these beautiful gentle creatures are; Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national parks.
Bwindi impenetrable has the highest number of mountain gorilla families compared to other national parks like Mgahinga and Rwanda’s volcanoes national park. The Bwindi impenetrable national park is the world’s primary mountain gorilla trekking destination inhabiting more than half the total gorilla population. This forest has over 36 gorilla families that both habituated or not.
As of now, there are 19 gorilla families that are open to gorilla trekking and they are placed in four different sectors that include Buhoma, Ruhaija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga sectors. Stuck on which group to choose to track, here is a list of habituated families in Bwindi that might help you decide.
Rushegura gorilla family
Set in Buhoma sector, Rushegura gorilla family has 19 members including one silverback. Rushegura was founded in 2002 with mwirima silverback after it broke off the Habinyanja gorilla family. Mwirima later died in 2014 leaving the group being led by Kabukojo.
Habinyanja gorilla family
Located in Buhoma sector, habinyanja gorilla family has 18 members with 2 silverbacks and was fully habituated in 1997. Though the power struggles in the group led to the separation and forming of another family Rushegura.
Mubare gorilla family
Mubare gorilla family is in the Buhoma sector set in the northern part of Bwindi. It is the oldest habituated gorilla family in Uganda that started with 12 members but currently has only 9 members including one silverback as the head of the group. The family was habituated in 1991.
Katwe gorilla family
Katwe gorilla family is located in Buhoma sector and is the newest family in Buhoma region on the northern side of the park. The family has one dominant silverback, 2 blackbucks, 4 adult females, and 2 infants. The family was opened to tracking in 2018.
Nkuringo gorilla family.
Set in the Nkuringo area, the group has 19 members and two silverbacks. The group was first led by one silverback named Nkuringo who died in April 2008, leaving behind 2 silverbacks. This family was gifted with twins Muhoozi and katungi, but katungi passed on before the age of two.
Bushaho gorilla family
Bushaho gorilla family is situated in the southern sector of Nkuringo area with 8 members including 1 silverback known as Bahati who broke away from Nkuringo family.
Muchunguzi gorilla family
It is located in the Rushaga sector and has 8 members and the family is dominantly female. This group split from Bweza gorilla family after a serious fight. Mucunguzi is the head of the family and his name means savior.
Mishaya gorilla family.
This gorilla family was formed after a split in the Nshongi gorilla family in 2010. This group started with 7 members but with Mishaya’s aggressiveness, the family is now at 12 members.
Kahungye gorilla family
This group has 17 members with 3 silverbacks including the leading silverback called Rumansi, 6 females, 3 juveniles, 3 blackbacks, and 2 infants. The group was opened for tourists to track in 2011 and by then it had 27 members, but after a few months, some broke away to form Busingye gorilla family.
Bweza gorilla group.
This group was also formed after a break away from Nshongi. Bweza the lead silverback broke away with 6 members but now has 11 members.
Busingye gorilla family.
Busingye gorilla family is located in Rushaga sector and it has 9 members including one silverback and is the latest group to break away from kahungye family in June 2012.
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