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Full List of Rwanda Gorilla Families

Rwandas volcanoes national park is one of the places to trek the endangered mountain gorillas, the park is located north of Kigali city bordering Uganda in the Virunga range volcanoes.

Bwenge gorilla family

Bwenge mountain gorilla family derives its word from a local word to mean wisdom, this is also the group that featured the movie “Gorillas in the mist” . Bwenge gorilla family was formed when the dominating silverback Bwenge broke away from his family in 2007 to form his group. Bwenge can be trekked from the slopes of Karisoke in between mount Karasimbi and mount Bisoke.

Ugenda gorilla family

The Ugenda mountain gorilla family derives its name from a local word to mean on the move and this was so because this family is ever moving from place to place making it even hard to trek, the group wanders around Karisimbi slopes and its composed of 11 members including two silverbacks.

Hirwa gorilla family

Hirwa mountain gorilla family was formed by a combination of members who split off from Sabinyo gorilla family and Agashya gorilla family. This is one of the lucky gorilla families to have a set of twins who were born in 2011.

Kwitonda gorilla family

Kwitonda mountain gorilla family can be trekked on the mountain slopes of Mount Muhabura, the group derives its name from the dominating silverback called Kwitonda to mean “Humble one”. The group is said to have migrated from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Agashya gorilla family

Agashya gorilla family also known as group 13 is dominated by Agashya the silverback who took over leadership from Nyakarima silverback. The group can be trekked around mount Sabinyo, Agashya is known for taking his family into higher slopes when he senses danger.

Sabinyo gorilla family

The name Sabinyo means “old worn out teeth” in the local language, the group derives its name from Mount Sabinyo which is one of the Virunga ranges.Sabinyo mountain gorilla family is dominated by Guhonda the famous reigning silverback and the heaviest silverback on volcanoes national park. The group inhabits the slopes of mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga and one of the easiest gorilla families to trek in Volcanoes national park

Umubano gorilla family

Umubano gorilla family was formed when Charles broke a way from his natal group after several fights with Ubumwe who dominated the group. This group derives its name from a local word to mean Living together and is composed of 13 members and two silver backs.

Anahoro gorilla family

Amahoro mountain gorilla family can be trekked from the slopes of mount Bisoke, the group derives its name from a local word to mean “peace”. The group is one of the most peaceful families in Volcanoes, they even lost some of their members to Umubano gorilla family.

Karisimbi gorilla family

Karisimbi mountain gorilla family also known as Susa B family broke away from Susa A mountain gorilla family in 2008. This is the hardest family to trek in Rwanda inhabiting the higher slopes of mount Karisimbi. The group is composed of 16 members with 2 silverbacks.

Susa A gorilla family

The Susa A gorilla family was one of the mist interesting gorilla families in Rwanda with 42 members at the time of habituation before the group separated. This group was also thoroughly studied by Dian Fosseyand one of the lucky families to have twins Impano and Bwishimo.The group can be trekked around Susa river at their home range on the mountain slopes of ricer Karisimbi.

Titus gorilla family

The Titus mountain gorilla family is one of the groups that was researched by Dian Fossey, the dominating silverback lost his family including his father to poachers and even Dian Fossey indicated that he had difficulties in breathing and seemed underdeveloped but overcame all that. The group derives its name from the silverback Titus.


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