Baby Gorilla in Bwindi

A new baby gorilla has been born in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, eliciting excitement among Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) officials and conservationists who have been concerned about the dwindling gorilla numbers in the country.

“The new-born was discovered on August 22nd 2016, a day after it was born, by our officials that monitor the movement of the habituated mountain gorillas in this area on a daily basis. The baby and mother are healthy,” Mr Tibesigwa said.

“Uganda has been blessed with the new born and with improved services of the tourism sector, we are hoping for the best for Uganda,” the ranger added.

But Lillian Nsubuga, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) spokesperson, said that the baby gorilla gives rare opportunity to visitors/ tourists who will be visiting this time round.

“But it is difficult to see in details and be able to take its photo since because both the mother and the silverback (group leader) are too protective and could even be violent if one tries to get closer to them,” she added.

She said the baby gorilla cannot move on its own and is carried by the mother under its stomach so protectively.

When asked about the sex of the new born, she said it is always very difficult to ascertain until later.

Nsubuga said Busingye is a breakaway group from Kahungye and is one of the habituated groups at Bwindi.

She also noted that the population of mountain gorillas is positively growing at Bwindi.  She said the population rose from 320 in 2002, to 340 in 2006 and to 400 in the census done in 2011. She said in 2008 they were blessed with two pairs of twins from one of the protected gorilla families.

The chairperson Kigezi Tourism Sector, Mr Ivan Mbabazi Batuma, last Friday welcomed the birth of a mountain gorilla in the area and appealed to UWA to always hold public functions when giving the baby gorillas names as a way of marketing tourism. Mr Batuma also said there is a need for the habituation of more mountain gorilla groups to match the increasing number of tourists that track them.

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