On the northeastern boarder of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the Ruhija region lives an extended family of 14 mountain gorillas called the Kyaguriro. Despite the heartwarming history of this mountain gorilla group, even after her habituation in 1999 she has never received visitors on Gorilla Safaris in Uganda, not because of any wrong reason, but because the group was set aside for research purposes mainly run by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology
As a sample of the greater gorilla
population, scientists have been able to dig deep into the lives of
gorillas and have succeeded in unveiling a number of unknown-before
facts about the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas. It is
through the Kyaguriro Mountain Gorilla family that we are able
understand most of the other 11 habituated mountain gorilla groups, and
for that reason Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda continue to be successful.
This Ruhija based family was first headed by an alpha silverback called
Zeus, a name he got after Zeus the Greek god. Like the might of Zeus
the god, this silverback was undeniably the rightful ruler of this
gorilla family. But as years went by, Zeus grew older while another
silverback called Rukina increased in dominance and strength. Rukina’s
boiling desire for power forced him to banish Zeus into the nearby
forests where he later died in exile.
Although he was violent,
during his rule, Rukina was very majestic and had a strong heart for his
family. Tourists who visited Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on Uganda Gorilla Safaris
during the Eastern season must have heard of the saddening news of
Rukina’s death on Easter Monday April 6th 2015 at 31 years. The essence
in the entire family was unstable for some time, as they nursed the
wounds of the loss and tried to adjust to the inevitable change.
was replaced by Rukara the next silverback who still reigns currently
and is in charge of this special mountain gorilla family. We surely wish
that this group was also open to tourist visits, but we even ought to
be more thankful for what this family has endured so that other gorilla
families are understood and habituated, thereby enabling the fruitful
operation of current and future Gorilla Safaris in Uganda.
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