It was great excitement to the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the entire wildlife conservation fraternity upon receiving an alert of the great news of a new baby mountain gorilla being born in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is home to one of the largest populations of mountain gorillas in the whole world.
An adult female mountain gorilla called Kebirungi of the Nshongi Mountain Gorilla Family was first seen with her healthy newborn baby on 9th May 2022. Since then, Uganda Wildlife Authority’s team had been trying to get the first images of the healthy mountain gorilla baby, an effort that was concluded on 12th May 2022. This new addition of the baby gorilla brings the total number of individuals in the Nshongi family of Bwindi’s Rushanga Sector from 12 to 13 members.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority which is in charge of wildlife conservation in Uganda confirmed that both Kebirungi (Mother) and Bweza (father) and the baby gorilla are in good health.
Uganda is home to over 50% of the world’s remaining population of the endangered mountain gorillas, with the remaining population shared between the other two African countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla tracking has been ranked as one of the best wildlife encounters globally and remains one of the most sought wildlife experiences in Uganda. Mountain gorillas in Uganda can be tracked in Bwindi impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. However, there is also a possibility of doing an all-inclusive primate safari which takes you to Kibale Forest National Park to experience the unmatchable chimpanzee tracking experience.
Additionally, one can combine the gorilla trekking safari with an African Savannah wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park to experience the best of African Savannah park game drive and the thrilling boat cruise along the Kazinga channel
Tracking mountain gorillas requires a gorilla trekking permit which must be booked well in advance before travel.