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Mubare Gorilla Group Silverback Name, Members & Location

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has over 15 habituated gorilla families to be trekked by  visitors. Mubare mountain gorilla family is one of the group’s you can trek in Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Mubare mountain gorilla family was the first habituated gorilla family in 1991 and the family was visited by the first tourists in 1993. The group had 19 members at the time of habituation but numbers in gorilla families keep changing due to newborns, breaking away or even death occurrences.

Mubare mountain gorilla family can be trekked from Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the group derives its name from Mubare hills in Bwindi were the group was first spotted by rangers. This group had 12 members at the time of habituation but the number reduced to five when the dominating silverback by then died.

Silverback Ruhondeza died in 2013 after sustaining serious injuries during a fight with a strong black back from un habituated gorilla family and he was banished to the forest alone male. The UWA rangers found Ruhondezadead in sleep one early morning.

Mubare mountain gorilla family is now dominated by Kanyonyi who expanded the family from 5 to 9 members after Rubondezas death. Numbers in gorilla families always keep on changing due to many reasons so the above given number is not constant.


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