Uganda Welcomes 2 Baby Gorillas in Bwindi Forest


Uganda welcomes 2 baby gorillas

While all gorilla national parks are in lockdown for COVID19, Uganda has welcomed 2 baby gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The good news for the birth of baby gorillas was shared on 10th May 2020 when the world was celebrating Mother’s Day. Uganda Wildlife Authority informed the general public about new baby gorillas, which were born between 25th April and 1st May 2020. The baby gorillas were born in Nshongi and Muyambi gorilla groups in Rushaga and Buhoma gorilla sectors respectively. At the moment, the sexes of the baby gorillas have not been known. The new baby gorillas were discovered by Bwindi Park rangers who were doing tier daily patrol of gorillas welfare in the forest. The parents of the baby gorilla in Nshongi gorilla family are Kabagyenyi the mother and Nshongi the father. The other baby gorilla is born to Muyambi silverback and the unknown adult female, which was formerly, a member of a wild gorilla family in Buhoma sector Bwindi Forest.

Gorilla Conservation in Bwindi Forest
The gorilla conservation story has been a success for the last 25 years. Uganda Wildlife Authority has registered a steady increase in the number of mountain gorillas, which counted to over 500 as of 2018 gorilla census in Bwindi Forest. Apparently, the whole world has 1006 mountain gorillas half of which are sheltered in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The other population of gorillas lives in the Virunga Conservation Area shared by Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Muyambi and Nshongi Gorilla Families
Muyambi gorilla family was opened for trekking in 2019 in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Muyambi silverback that split from his former Mubare group after a disagreement heads Muyambi family. Apparently, Mubare gorilla family has 6 members inclusive of Muyambe silverback, adult females and infants. Regarding Nshongi Gorilla Family, it’s the oldest habituated gorilla family in Rushaga sector. Nshongi silverback heads the family. Initially Nshongi Gorilla family had over 35 members but has lost many members due to external attacks and natural death.

Gorilla safari costs in Bwindi Forest
The cost of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park is %700 for foreign nonresident, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. All gorilla safari bookings are done through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through Africa Adventure Safaris, the number one gorilla safari company. Due to high demand for gorilla tours in Uganda, all bookings are recommended at least 6 months in advance to avoid disappointments.

Gorilla Families in Bwindi Forest
Bwindi has the highest number of mountain gorillas in Uganda habituated into 18 gorilla families. Everyday, each gorilla family is visited by people for an hour. Gorilla groups in Bwindi Forest are split into four sectors i.e Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija sectors, which make up Bwindi Forest National Park. The habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi Forest are Mubare Gorilla Family, Habinyanja Gorilla Family, Rushegura Gorilla group, Katwe gorilla family, Oruzogo Gorilla group, Nshongi gorilla family, Christmas gorilla group, Bweza gorilla Family, Nkuringo Gorilla Family, Kahungye Gorilla Family, Mishaya Gorilla Family. Bushoa and Binkyingi gorilla families are undergoing habituation experience in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Forest National Park.

Post Covid19 Gorilla tours to Bwindi
Whereas there are no ongoing gorilla trekking safaris t Bwindi Forest National Park at the moment, Africa Adventure SafarisAfrica Adventure Safaris is offering discounted postcovid 19 gorilla safaris to Bwindi Forest. YES, there is great hope for the continuity of gorilla tours in Bwindi Forest after the defeat of the deadly Corona Virus. Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks were temporally closed to prevent the spread of Corona Virus to the endangered mountain gorilla.

Just like the birth of a new baby in a human home, the birth of 2 baby gorillas has called for excitement in Bwindi Forest National Park. Africa Adventure Safaris Africa Adventure Safaris will keep you updated on the welfare of baby gorillas in Bwindi.

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