You can never read about world gorillas and fail to hear about the incredible Ugandan Gorillas, Uganda holds more than half of the world’s gorilla population. the ever increasing number has been made possible through the different wildlife conservation programs run in the area of Bwindi.
Well today we are celebrating the birth of a new born baby Gorilla in the Mubare group found in Buhoma, Both Mother Businza and baby are in good shape according to Uganda Wildlife Authority. (UWA).
Gorilla birth patterns are not so different from humans, female gorillas are pregnant for nine months and usually give birth to only one infant at a time. Newborn gorillas weigh about 4 lbs. (1.8 kg). From the time they’re about 4 months to 2 or 3 years old, At around 7 to 10 years, the young gorilla become mature enough to have its own offspring. At this point, the gorilla leaves its mother’s group to find a mate.
The Mubare Mountain Gorilla Group was the first to be habituated within Uganda. The group was named after the forested Mubare Hills. In 1991 the Uganda Wildlife Authority started the habituation process to ensure that they are free to be tracked by tourist. The group started receiving visitors after two years. Following the patterns of loss of lives during fights and other members joining other groups reducing the group number from over 18 members to about 5 in 2009.
This group lost its first dominant silver back in 2013, Ruhondeza was attached by a wild un habituated gorilla group that ended up taking away some females from the group. The frustrated Ruhondeza quit leadership of the group and took refuge in the nearby community forest where he was found dead. He was buried at the UWA headquarters in Buhoma.
After the death of Ruhondeza, his successor took on the mantle of growing and expanding the group the group has grown to over 9 members since 2013.
Uganda is free to travel all year round, and the country is much cost effective when it comes to tracking as Uganda has maintained a low gorilla permit price rate compared to her sister countries of Rwanda and DRC.