The news of Cantsbee disappearance was reported on October 10th 2016 when the trackers belonging to Dian Fossey Fund could not trace this mighty Silverback from its gorilla family on their daily monitoring routine.
Due to his Old age and considering the fact that the
gorilla group was characterized by lots of traveling, the trackers first
thought that Cantsbee could have remained behind which prompted them to
thim that he may return the next day and still found him no where
despite a lot of searching. Since then, several tracking groups have
been undertaking extensive searches in the volcanic highlands – a
popular destination for Rwanda Gorilla Safari undertakers but painfully no single trace of Cantsbee has been identified.
a result of Cantsbee disappearance, his gorilla group Pablo has started
to sub group and that a range of adults could not be seen with the
entire group couple of times which is a common phenomenon among various
Mountain Gorilla Families that lose such a dominant Silverback.
close to thirty eight (38) years of age had exceeded the average
Mountain Gorilla life expectancy and is noted to be one of the last
Silverbacks that thrived during the Dian Fossey era and is credited for
holding the longest dominance reign following its takeover of Pablo
group from Pablo Silverback in the year 1995. The group was able to
maintain the name Pablo and due to his old age, his son Gicurasi has
been like the leader of the family for the previous years.
Karisoke Research team anticipates that the disappearance of Cantsbee
might result into sub-grouping of Pablo and that a new group is likely
to emerge following the new leadership. This will definitely mean an
increment on the gorilla groups in the Volcanoes National Park – the
center for Gorilla Safaris and tours in Rwanda Africa.
has been a responsible and active father known to have sired over 30
off springs throughout his period of stay. He is also credited for his
selfless protection of his family including saving the infants from
snares. The Dian Fossey Fund promises to keep the search for Cantsbee
on and closely monitor the changes that might occur in the Pablo Gorilla
Pablo Gorilla Group is basically a research group and is not among the listed groups for gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park has ten (10) habituated gorilla groups
dedicated for tracking and is part of the Greater Virunga landscape
which supports 480 Mountain Gorillas shared between Congo, Rwanda and
Uganda. Other Mountain Gorilla Populations (a minimum of 400) thrive in
the adjacent prime Uganda gorilla safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park putting the global Mountain Gorilla population to 880.
By Siima Simon Peter