Uganda in baby gorilla boom


Two babies were been born in one week among Mubare group of Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south western Uganda.

Dr. Andrew Seguya, the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said they were celebrating double joy for the addition to the gorilla families. “Gorillas are among the rarest species of animals on the face of the earth and it is not common to have two gorillas born in the same week,” said Seguya, adding that the gorillas are also regarded as critically endangered species.

In a separate interview, Aggrey Rwetsiba, Senior Manager, Ecological Monitoring and Research at UWA said Bwindi has 400 Mountain Gorillas. He also said the Virunga Massif shared by Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park), DR Congo and Rwanda houses 480 Mountain gorillas. This brings the total number of gorillas to 880 gorillas.

On June 28th, Kisho produced a bouncing baby. Earlier (On June 23rd), Karungi produced a baby bringing to 14 as the total number of Mountain Gorillas in Mubare Group. Kanyonyi who is the silver back in the group is the father of the babies. Mubare has been increasing since 2012 when Kanyonyi took over leadership after the demise of his father.

(Source: New Vision)

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