Amid the grimness that came with the Covid19 shut down, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the conservation fraternity in the country are celebrating the birth of two baby gorillas.
The infants are thought to have been born on May 1st and April 25th in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park amongst the Muyambi and Nshongi Gorilla groups.
UWA spokesman says this development has been a source of celebration.
“Mother Kabagyenyi and Silverback Bweza and Nshongi are tightly guarding the baby gorilla while in Muyambi group silverback Muyambi and the unnamed mother are soothing and warming their new family member,” he said.
The sexes of both baby gorillas are not yet known due to the tight security mounted by the parents to guard them against any danger.
Gorillas tend to be very aggressive when they get a baby therefore it is not possible to get closer to establish the sex of the baby few days after birth.
Nshongi was the first gorilla group to be habituated in Rushaga with at least 35 individuals that kept on splitting.
Currently, the group has 9 individuals and the infant brings the number to ten. Kabagyenyi joined the Nshongi from a wild group when she was a sub adult.
Later, the Silver Back called Bweza who is the head of Nshongi group started mating with her. The mother is about 10 years this is her first born.
Muyambi group on the other hand is the newest group that opened to tourism in 2019. It has six family members. The unnamed mother joined the group from the wild. Muyambi was an adult member of Mubare family but split away from the family and formed other group called Muyambi.
The birth of new mountain gorillas is testimony to Uganda’s successful conservation efforts. With enhanced integrity of protected areas there has been a general increase in wildlife populations in Uganda.
The recently concluded census for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park indicates that the park had 459 individuals.
The number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif stand at 604 shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) effectively bringing the total number of mountain gorillas in the wild to 1,063. Uganda hosts over 50% of the global population of mountain gorillas.