At a time when difficult world events like the Covid-19 pandemic don't give us a lot to smile about, the news that Uganda is undergoing a baby boom in its mountain gorilla population is definitely a cause for joy.
According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), while the country typically records one or two births a year, seven baby gorillas have been brought to earth far in 2020, five of whom arrived at Bwindi national park. The latest arrival was declared on 7 September was born to a 16-year-old female called Ndinkahe from the Mucunguzi gorilla family at Bwindi, rising the membership of the family to 12.
Recently, Uganda Wildlife Authority announced that Nshuti from the Nyakagezi family at Mgahinga Gorilla national park had given birth to a baby, bringing her family's number to nine members.
The day before that, UWA confirmed the great news that Ruterana from the Rushegura gorilla family at Bwindi welcomed an additional baby, increasing the family membership to 18. This newborn is Ruterana's third baby, but sadly her first newborn died at just two weeks old from pneumonia in 2012. The eldest female from the same family, Kibande, received another newborn at the end of August, and now has five offspring. The status of mountain gorillas was changed from critically endangered to endangered in 2018 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a big thanks to an increase in their numbers.
The birth of new mountain gorillas is the evidence of Uganda's successful conservation efforts, as it has implemented anti-poaching patrols, around-the-clock veterinary team, and 24/7 monitoring of the gorillas. As a measure of seriously the issue is taken, a man was imprisoned for 11 years in July for killing one of Bwindi's silverback gorillas, Rafiki. "With enhanced integrity of protected areas, there has been an overall increase in wildlife populations in Uganda," during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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