Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga Sector of Southern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda in Bikyingi gorilla group has been blessed with a new born.
A new born gorilla was discovered on 11/09/2016 in Bikyingi gorilla group in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Forest National Park bringing the number of gorilla members in the Bikyingi gorilla family to 22.
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi forest
Gorilla Habituation Experience – GHE in Bwindi Forest is conducted in Byikyingi gorilla family in Rushaga sector and apparently Byikyingi group has 1 silver back, 9 adult females 2 sub adults and 9 infants.
Habituation of the group started in 2013 while the Gorilla Habituation Experience – GHE started in January 2015. The last birth among the gorillas in Bwindi Forest was on 21/08/2016 in Bushaho- a group under habituation located in Nkuringo in the Southern sector of the park.
Bikyingi group was first sited in Bikyingi area, near Rushaga before the process to habituate it started, hence it was decided to name it according to the area. The only silver back and leader of the group was also named Bikyingi. Naming of the other individuals has not yet been done as the gorillas are still shy because they are not yet fully habituated. Therefore, the mother of the newborn does not bear a name at the moment. With the 9 adult females, all with babies, it is a very interesting and amazing group to visit for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.
The silver back-Bikyingi in this group is very friendly to all the babies in the group and is always with them most of the time except the newly born that stay with their mothers. The babies mainly go to their mothers to breast feed and return to the silver back as soon as they are done with breastfeeding. This is one of the reasons it has been difficult to determine the mothers of particular babies as all the adult females in the group have babies.
Bwindi Gorilla permit
Gorilla permit for Gorilla Habituation Experience – GHE in Bwindi Forest National Park cost 1500USD
Gorilla Habituation Experience items to pack
-Long sleeved shirts
-A rain coat
-A flash free camera
-Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)