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Unprecedented Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda

Posted by on September 7, 2020

Uganda is experiencing a Mountain Gorilla Baby Boom

There is a Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Unprecedented Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi Impenetrable ForestUganda is experiencing an unprecedented Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Seven Mountain Gorillas have been born in 2020. Five of them in just six weeks from July 22 to August 31.   

During all of 2019, two Babies were born. The average birthrate for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is three mountain gorilla babies. 2020 is a gorilla boom year that is unprecedented.

There are about four hundred Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The seven births thus far in 2020 are making Uganda Wildlife Authority, Conservation Researchers, the Gorilla Doctors, Lodge, and Tour Operators overjoyed.  

If you think that the increase in mountain gorillas is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, you are wrong. It is not since female gorillas have a gestation period of around nine months.

Unprecedented Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

The five recent gorilla births consist of two from the same gorilla group. The three others are from separate groups found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The latest arrival was born to an 18-year-old female gorilla by the name of Ruterana. She is a member of the Rushegura Family. It was her third offspring. Her first infant was born in 2012 and died from pneumonia two weeks after its birth.

The same gorilla family welcomed another newborn at the end of August. Its mother, Kibande, is the most senior female in the family and now has five offspring.

The Ugandan Gorilla Baby Boom is no accident. It is because the Uganda Wildlife Authority has implemented sound Conservation practices such as anti-poaching patrols. Add to that the round the clock Veterinary Team, and 24/7 and the 24/7 monitoring of Gorilla Families. Al Most of it funded through Gorilla Tourism Activities and the sale of Gorilla Permits.

Walter Baumgärtel–The Father of Gorilla Tourism in Uganda, would be delighted to hear this year’s Gorilla Baby Boom News. He dreamed that Gorilla Tourism would underwrite Gorilla Conservation measures in the future.

In recent years, the mountain gorilla population increases had removed mountain gorillas from the endangered red list in 2018. However, they are still classed as an endangered species by the IUCN.

In July 2020, poachers killed the beloved Lead Nkuringo Gorilla Group Silverback Rafiki (meaning friend). 

A man was jailed for 11 years after he confessed to killing a rare silverback gorilla in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The poachers were not after gorillas by antelopes and bush pigs. One of the poachers is now serving an 11-year prison sentence.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is jumping on the Gorilla Baby Boom Bandwagon:

The Gorilla baby boom continues in Uganda.  The  Nyakagezi family in Mgahinga Gorilla Park has welcomed a new baby gorilla on September 2, 2020. Nshushi, an adult female, is now the proud mother of a baby gorilla.

The Nakagezi Gorilla Family has grown to nine members. It is the only habituated Gorilla Family in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. That makes it a total of eight babies born in Uganda during 2020.

Uganda is way beyond what the two other Mountain Gorilla Countries have recorded in new births.

The unprecedented Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest puts a smile on many faces after Rafiki’s horrific murder by poachers.

You can see some Baby Mountain Gorillas when the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a hopeful end, and International Travel is once again safe and sane.


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