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Lulengo Gorilla Group History, Members & Silverback Name

Democratic Republic of Congo in one of the three African countries where you can encounter the endangered mountain gorillas from apart Uganda and Tanzania. Mountain gorillas are a sub species of the Eastern gorillas.

Mountain gorillas are the worlds largest primates and share 95% DNA with humans the reason many people travel to have an encounter in Africa though its expensive. Gorillas live in social groups of 5-30 individuals dominated by a silverback that’s responsible for all the group activities and safety.

Gorillas are very calm and gentile animals but can become extremely dangerous if they feel disturbed or insecure but before a gorilla even charges at someone, they send threatening signs like beating chests, thumping the ground, making loud outs and tearing vegetation. If a gorilla shows threatening signs and the opponent doesn’t seem to surrender then it leads to a serious fight.

Lulengo mountain gorilla family was at first known as Musekura gorilla family but the name was later changed to Lulengo in memory of Virunga national park Technical director who was killed by a land mine. The family is now composed of 9 individuals including 1 silverback, 3 adult females, 1 sub adult male, 3 babies and 1 Juvenile. Numbers in gorilla families keep changing from year to year due to many reasons.

Lulengo the dominating silverback of the group was born in Rugabi gorilla family and his father Rugabo died when he was shot by poachers during the great lakes refugee crisis in 1994. This group can be trekked from Jomba near Bunagana near Congo Ugandan boarder.

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