• Evelyn Nakazi

Uganda Continues to Celebrate Gorilla Baby Book Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

Uganda is the breeding ground of the endangered gentle giant the mountain gorilla. We have 2 parks that is Bwindi impenetrable national park with a very dense population of flora giving the gorillas not only food to eat as they are herbivores and also to hide due to their shy nature.

The other park is mgahinga national park is, this is not too big as it boarders the virunga of democratic republic of Congo. Viewing in mgahinga is not so guaranteed as the gorillas cross to congo and you cannot cross boarders.

Uganda boost to have more than the global population of gorillas as of 2011 Bwindi had a total of 400, which tremendously increased to 459 in 2018, and global population being at 1,063.

Female gorillas mature sexually at about 9 years, gestation period is eight and half to nine months, the babies are weaned at about three and half years of age. For the males mature at 10-12 years.

But in the recent months we have seen a tremendous increase in the baby booms with the park, as according Uganda wild life authority (UWA) who is the conserving body they have reported baby births as below;

Reported  on the 19th January 2020;

New born at Hirwa Family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Estimated date of birth, January 1, 2020. Welcome to the wild world baby Gorilla.

Reported on 13th march 2020;

It’s celebrations in Mishaya Gorilla family in Rushaga, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as they get a baby. Both baby Gorilla & mother Biretwa in good health. The baby brings the number in the family to 12 individuals

reported on the 13th may 2020;

It is double celebration in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park following the birth of two baby Gorillas in Nshongi and Muyambi families.

Reported on the 30th july 2020;

Great News from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: There is a baby boom in the forest with two gorillas born in two separate groups of Mubare and Oruzogo families in the same week. The baby gorilla in Mubare family located in Buhoma tracking zone was first sighted on July, 22, 2020. The mother of the baby is adult female Nyampazi. The leader of Mubare family is Silverback Maraya. The birth raises the Mubare family size from 8 to 9 members.

In Oruzogo Katoto the Adult female of the group was found nursing the little one on July 25, 2020. The birth marks Katoto’s first baby with the lead Silverback of the family Kagaanga. The birth raises the total number in the group to 15 in Ruhija tracking zone.

We are delighted to announce a new born baby gorilla in Buhoma sector. This bundle of joy was born to Kibande of Rushengura gorilla family. This is the second birth in this gorilla family that has been recorded in less than two months.

Kibande’s new birth makes it her fifth surviving offspring and raises the Rushengura family size to 17 members. She is also the most senior lady and kingmaker of the family.

Written by Evelyn Sylvia Nakazi