Thursday, 16 February 2017

MOUNTAIN GORILLA GROUPS / FAMILIES IN UGANDA - MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

MOUNTAIN GORILLA GROUP / FAMILIES IN UGANDA - MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Uganda’s Montane forests are a habitat to over 50% of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population - the rest live in the neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mountain gorillas in Uganda portray unbelievable human traits. The close-knit family groups are headed by a silver back - a mature male - who selects places for the group to eat and sleep, and has many privileges, including the right to feed first. This privilege pays off for the rest of the family, in instances when the Gorilla group is under terror / threat,
the silver back which weighs up to 120 kg- can defend them to death, if need be.
Because of the fact that mountain Gorillas do not survive in captivity, conserving these fragile habitats is essential for their survival. 
Tourists to Mgahinga gorilla national park for a Gorilla trekking safari have the chance to track down the only habituated family in this region, the Nyakagezi gorilla group - an interesting nomadic troop that has been known to cross the border to Rwanda and Congo.

Nyakagezi Gorilla Group - Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda
- 10 individuals, 1 silver back.
Nyakagezi Group is the sole gorilla family within Mgahinga Gorilla National park. Its dominant Silver back enjoys moving back and fourth across borders between DR Congo, Uganda and Rwanda frequently. 
However, since the end of 2012, they settled in Uganda. In May 2013 they received a newborn baby gorilla.      
This Gorilla family includes the head silverback - Bugingo who is around 50 years old and father to most of the group members; his silverback sons, Mark and Marfia; and two black backs, Rukundo and Ndungutse, love posing and playing in the tree branches. The two female Gorillas, Nshuti and Nyiramwiza have babies, Furraha and Nkanda respectively. 
Generally, gorillas are fairly gentle and humble species. They are considered to be highly intelligent, have been observed using tools like other great apes, and communicate using a variety of vocal sounds.
The name gorilla comes from the Greek gorillai - literally meaning hairy women, which signifies a very close relation ship with humans.