Uganda is home to half population of the endangered mountain gorillas in the world, there are two national parks in the south western part of the country where you can trek mountain gorillas from and that is Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Uganda gorilla families
Christmas gorilla family
Christmas mountain gorilla family can be trekked in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi national park and it’s dominated by a silverback known as Charismas. The family is composed of 9 members comprised of 3 adult females, 3 black backs, 2 infants and 1 silverback.
Nkuringo gorilla family
Nkuringo mountain gorilla family can be trekked from Nkuringo sector of Bwindi where it derives its name from, it was earlier on dominated by silverback Nkuringo that passed away and silverback Safari took over the group leadership. The Nkuringo gorilla family is now composed of 19 members and it’s also one of the groups gifted with twins.
Bushaho gorilla family
Bushaho mountain gorilla family is found in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi national park and its headed by Bahati the silverback who disappeared from Nkuringo gorilla family, the family is composed of 8 individuals some of which were from Nkuringo family and other non habituated gorillas.
Bikingi gorilla family
Bikingi mountain gorilla family was habituated in 2012 as a follow up exercise for disappearing members of Mishaya mountain gorilla family and indeed former members of Mishaya were allocated in the group with other non habituated members. The group is composed of 15 individuals and can be trekked at Rushagga sector of Bwindi.
Katwe gorilla family
Katwe mountain gorilla family can be trekked in Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the group comprises of 7 individuals dominated by silverback Katwe and the group was habituated together with Christmas gorilla family.
Mubare gorilla family
Mubare gorilla family found in Buhoma sector of Bwindi is the oldest habituated gorilla family in the park, the group derives its name from Mubare hills in Bwindi where they were first sited b rangers. The group was dominated by silverback Ruhondeza at the time of habituation by its currently being dominated by Kanyonyi leading 11 individuals.
Habinyanja gorilla family
Habinyanja mountain gorilla family was once the largest gorilla family in Bwindi with over 25 individuals and is one of the first habituated gorilla families in the park, Mugirisi was the dominating silverback at the time of habituation but the group has split into many groups in the recent years and its now composed of 17 members.
Rushegura gorilla family
Rushegura mountain gorilla family was created when Mwirima broke away from Habinyanja gorilla family to form his own family taking away 7 individuals. The breakaway took place when the dominant silverback died living two sons leading the group but had indifferences as one loved to travel long distances and one loved to forage within.
Kyaguriro gorilla family
Kyaguriro mountain gorilla family found i Ruhijja gorilla family was dedicated for research purposes but the family later split into two and one group is still dedicated for research while the other has been opened for tourism. One group is dominated by Makara while the other is dominated by Mukiza and their known as Kyaguriro A and Kyaguriro B.
Oruzogo gorilla family
Oruzogo mountain gorilla family is composed of 17 individuals dominated by Bakwate the silverback and can be trekked from Ruhijja sector of Bwindi national park. The group derives its name from a local word “Oruzogoto” a plant common in the area they forage from.
Nshongi gorilla family
Nshongi gorilla family was composed of 32 members at the time of habituation but the group later on split to form Mishaya gorilla family and later on Bweza gorilla family. After the death of the dominating silverback the group continued to disperse and it’s now composed of 7 individuals and can be trekked from Rushagga sector of Bwindi national park.
Mishaya gorilla family
Mishaya mountain gorilla family was formed when the silverback Mishaya split off from Nshongi gorilla family with 10 individuals to form his own group. Mishaya was an ambitious leader known to fight other groups to grab females which earned him several injuries and death of an infant in the family. Mishaya died mysteriously in 2014 and the group is now led by Mwine the silverback.
Kahungye gorilla family
Kayungye mountain gorilla family was habituated with 29 members but the group later on split to form Busingye gorilla family. The group can be trekked in Rushagga sector of Bwindi national park and it’s dominated by silverback Rumanzi.
Bweza gorilla family
Bweza gorilla family was formed when silverback Kakono split off fromNshongi gorilla family to form his own group, the family is composed of 12 individuals and can be trekked in Rushagga sector of Bwindi national park.
Busingye gorilla family
Busingye mountain gorilla family was formed when silverback Busingye broke away from Kahungye gorilla family to start his own. The family is composed of 9 individuals made of 1 silverback, 4 infants, 1 juvenile and 3 adult females. This can be trekked in Rushagga sector of Bwindi national park.
Nyakagezi gorilla family
Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is the only habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga national park, the family is composed of 10 individuals dominated by a silverback called Mark and the group is known for its Trans border movements.
Bitukura gorilla family
Bitukura mountain gorilla family is composed of 13 individuals dominated by Nduhura and can be trekked in Ruhijja tourism sector of Bwindi national park. Bitukura mountain gorilla family is also known for multi male tolerance in the group having even up to 5 males.
Rwigi gorilla family
Rwigi mountain gorilla family was formed when the dominant silverback Rwigi broke away from Kahungye gorilla family to start up his own group. The family is composed of 6 members comprised of 1 silverback, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 1 infant.Tags: Travel Blog