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It is with great excitement that we announce the birth of another baby gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park!
To quote the Uganda Tourism Board: “It is official: Uganda’s mountain gorillas are in the baby boom!”
On 11 November 2016, the adult female mountain gorilla Businza gave birth to a new baby. Mother and baby belong to the Rushegura gorilla family, the same group who occasionally visit Bwindi Lodge! The lodge is based in Buhoma on the north side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Although we can never guarantee that Bwindi Lodge guests will have a gorilla encounter right there in our gardens, it is likely that mother and baby will pay us a visit one day. Bwindi Lodge is the closest lodge to the start of the gorilla tracking in Buhoma.
Speaking of the latest gorilla birth, the third since August of this year, Dr. Andrew Seguya, head of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said:
“Over the last ten years, Uganda has been leading in conservation of the mountain gorilla. We believe that the pristine and safe habitant is the crucial link in the survival of the gorillas as well as their health and wellbeing.”
In August 2016, a baby mountain gorilla was born to the Bushaho gorilla family, located in Nkuringo in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. A month later, a baby mountain gorilla was born to the Bikyingi gorilla family, located in Rushaga, also in the southern sector.
Its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site means Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has the highest possible level of conservation management. UWA monitors the mountain gorilla population closely. Bwindi is home to ten groups of habituated gorillas.
“At more than 450 individuals, and growing, Bwindi has the largest number of mountain gorillas found anywhere in the world.” This makes it the best location to track the gorillas.
If you'd like to find out more information about tracking the gorillas in Uganda, please contact Volcanoes Safaris. A percentage of all gorilla tracking permits supports great ape conservation.
Photos courtesy of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.