Friday, January 14, 2011

The Gorilla Groups of Uganda

A magnificent swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rain forest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished through the last Ice Age - is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. Trekking to view the Gorilla Groups of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife experiences in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics.

BINP is renowned for its Mountain Gorilla population, slightly more than half of the world's mountain gorillas reside in Bwindi: an estimated 280-320 individuals living in 15 groups. There are 6 gorilla families in BINP that are habituated and open to trekking by tourists. In the Buhoma area there are the Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura family groups; in Ruhija there is the Bitukula group and on the southern Kisoro side, and in the same area s the Clouds Lodge, there are the Nkuringo and Nshongi family groups. Learn more about Uganda and safaris in Uganda with Classic Africa Safaris.

The gorilla groups found in BINP are separated into the following "families":

Mubare Group (BINP - Buhoma Side):
8 members

1 Silverback
3 Adult females
1 Sub adult
2 Juveniles
2 Infants

Habinyanja group (BINP - Buhoma Side):
23 members

1 Silverback
3 Black backs
7 Adult females
1 Sub adult
5 Juveniles
6 Infants

Rushegura group (BINP - Buhoma Side):
15 members

1 Silverback
6 Adult females
4 Juveniles
4 Infants

Bitukura group (BINP - Buhoma Side):
13 members

4 Silver backs
2 Black backs
3 Adult females
2 Juveniles
2 Infants

Nkuringo group (BINP - Nkuringo Side):
19 members

2 Silver backs
4 Black backs
4 Adult females
4 Sub adults
1 Juvenile
4 Infants

Nshorgi group (BINP - Nkuringo Side):
34 members

3 Silver backs
6 Black backs
10 Adult females
7 Juveniles
8 Infants

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