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Bwindi National Park Celebrates Birth of Baby Gorilla

Great news from the cnservation world! The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced the exciting news of birth of a baby mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south western Uganda. This is an amazing score in conservation seeing the number of gorillas raising naturally.

The baby gorilla is born to an adult female gorilla Kebirungi (the mother) and the Bweza the father within the Nshongi Family. Both the mother and baby were confirmed to be in good health condition.

The baby gorilla was born earlier, and the mother and her baby were first sighted on 9th May 2022. Since then, UWA team has been working hard to have the first photograph of the mother and the baby without success. Finally a picture has been taken on 13th May 2022.

The birth of the baby gorilla within Nshongi gorilla family has increased the number of gorilla individuals to 13 individuals. The Nshongi family was the first habituated gorilla family in the Rushaga Sector and it once had the largest gorilla group. The family later splinted to form other groups and remained with only 10 individuals.

Nshongi is the pioneer group of Rushaga sector. It was first habituated in 2017 with about 36 individuals. The group changed the scope of gorilla trekking in Bwindi which was only conducted at Buhoma sector at the time.

The Rushaga sector is situated in the southeastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s among the four sectors where gorilla trekking is done. Other families are Buhoma located in the northern section, Ruhija in the east and Nkuringo sector in the south of the park.

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