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Nyakagezi Gorilla Group Members, Silverback Name & Location

Mgahinga gorilla national park is home to Nyakagezi gorilla family, there are over 80 mountain gorillas in this 33.7 square kilometer national park and its also home to 79 species of birds, exceptional golden monkeys and home to 3 of the 8 Virunga range volcanoes.

The famous Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is the only habituated mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga gorilla national park in southern Uganda. The group was found of roaming in Uganda, Democratic of Congo and Rwanda but has since settled on the Ugandan side since 2012.

One of the most interesting things about Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is that the old silverback Bugingo still lives in the group which is not a usual case among gorillas because once another silverback takes over leadership then the defeated one is banished to forests alone or seeks refuge from other gorilla families.

There are only eight permits available for visiting Nyakagezi gorilla family in a day, The family is made up of 10 members including 2 adult females, 4 silverbacks, 2 black backs, 2 juveniles and 1 infant. The family was initially dominates by Bugingo at the time of habituation but is now dominated by Mark.

Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family is one of the easiest gorilla groups to trek in that it prefers a narrow home range for feeding, nesting and relaxing due to abundance of food in the area they don’t ave to move for long distances foraging all day.

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