The Gorilla Families In Uganda

The Gorilla Families In Uganda

Posted by Connor Whelan on Feb 29, 2016

With the Great Gorilla Project currently on sale, now is the perfect time to tell you all a little more about the incredible Gorilla families who call the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda home. Currently there are four Gorilla troops in the forest and thankfully they are beginning to regain a foothold in their homelands. Their families groups range in their size and internal structures, so let’s take a look at them in greater detail!

Uganda Gorilla

The Kahungye Troop

This is the largest troop in the area and it has 18 members meaning that it is well above the average group size of 6 – 12. Within the Kahungye’s numbers there are three Silverbacks, three black-backed males, three adult females, three sub-adults, three juveniles, and three infants so the group definitely has their hands full!

The Nshongi Troop

This troop is much smaller than the Kahungye and it only has 10 Gorillas in it. This clan consists of a more traditional setup, with one silverback, four adult females, one juvenile and four infants.

The Bweza Troop

In the Bweza troop there are 9 members. There are two silverbacks, four black-backed males, one sub-adult, one juvenile and one infant!

The Busingye Troop

A similar size to the Bweza Troop, the Busingye has 10 Gorillas in it. There is one silverback, four adult females, one juvenile and four infants.

The number of infants who are now found in amongst the families in the forest is increasing and this is amazing news for Gorilla conservation efforts in the country. For every baby that is born into the wild it is a step in the right direction for the Ugandan Gorilla population but the work here is only just beginning. If you would like to become a volunteer and help work towards the conservation of these magnificent apes then you can do that by clicking here and finding out more!


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