Baby boom by gorillas in Bwindi, the UNESCO world heritage site
Amidst the heavy storm of the Covid-19 pandemic that hit Uganda travel sector and the rest of the world, Uganda tourism sector and conservationists have the reason to smile as Uganda receives it, 7th gorilla baby, in a space of 6 weeks with 7 coming from Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park which still shelters half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
Uganda wildlife Authority reports that normally Uganda always registers a maximum of two gorilla birth annually but this year 2020 the rhythm has changed as the newborn babies have doubled compared to 3 gorilla born babies registered the last year 2019.
The newest gorilla born baby was received on 7th September form a habituated Mucunguzi gorilla family situated in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. This was born by a happily 16-year-old mother known as Ndikahe who joined the family from the wild. The family is led by a dominant silverback called Mucunguzi and the group has 12 individual members as of now.
It is remembered that on 2nd September Uganda Wildlife Authority announced that the female gorillas known as Nshuti a member of the Nyakagezi family in Mgahinga National park had given birth to a baby gorilla increasing on the tally of gorillas encompassing this habituated gorilla family to 12. Mgahinga national park found in the Virunga Massif region which covers the other two national parks of Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Volcanoes in the republic of Rwanda. Occasionally gorillas from Rwanda are spotted crossing from volcanoes in Rwanda to Uganda Mgahinga National park.
As if that wasn’t enough, the happy moments prevailed in the Rushegura gorilla family still in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park after an adult female gorilla named Ruterana gave birth to a baby gorilla increasing the individual gorillas of the Rushegura family to 18. This was Ruterana’s third baby but she lost her firstborn due to pneumonia back in 2012. Another adult female from the Rushegula family known as Kibande welcomed her fifth baby in August 2010.
The increase in numbers of mountain gorillas saw Internal Union for the conservation of nature in 2018 revising the mountain gorilla status from critically endangered to endangered which is promising to the conservationist.
The rapid increase in the birth of mountain gorillas in Uganda is assign of successful conservation strategies deployed by the government through the Uganda Wildlife Authority such as monitoring of mountain gorillas on an hourly basis, regular patrols aimed at combating poaching, and ensuring that the culprits are apprehended as it happened to sentence of a man who killed the Rafiki the gorilla feedback. With such actions according to UWA, gorilla numbers will continue to rise in Uganda’s protected areas.
Where to see mountain gorillas in Uganda?
Mountain gorilla expeditions have seen the upraising desire to very many traverse interested in African tours. The increase of mountain gorillas in Uganda presented by a gorilla baby boom increases the chances of travelers to see the endangered gorillas in Uganda tour. Tourists who have ever trekked gorillas in Uganda can tell you how exciting and astonishing the face to face gorilla experience is rewarding
The activity of gorilla trekking takes just in only 3 countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and the democratic republic of Congo. Besides other wildlife safaris in Africa, an additional gorilla trekking activity in Uganda is an unmatchable experience
The endangered mountain gorillas can only be seen in the flourishing jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks in Uganda. The other places where you can trek gorillas are in Virungas in Congo and Volcanoes in Rwanda. It is best recommended that Uganda presents the best destination for gorilla trekking in parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga and this is attributed to the fact that Uganda harbors more than half of gorillas and features the best lodging facilities for safari travelers.
As the result of challenges presented by the covid19 pandemic, gorilla tourism was shut but starting august some measures have been relaxed with domestic tourism resuming, countries such as Rwanda have opened airports for tourists and it is believed that Uganda will open its borders for tourism on 1st October 2020 according to the proposal by the Uganda COVID Taskforce. We shall let you know of any progress.