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Gorilla Families

Mountain gorillas live in the misty mountain forests of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park, Uganda; the Virunga National Park, DRC; and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda in East and Central Africa. Compared to lowland gorillas, mountain gorillas have longer, thicker fur than other gorilla subspecies, allowing them to live in colder temperatures. Adult males can weigh up to ±200kg, and are roughly twice the size of adult females. Mountain gorillas are highly sociable and live in family groups led by the dominant male who reaches maturity (at around 12 or 13 years old). Males develop the characteristic silver fur on their back earning them the iconic name ‘Silverback’.

There are 20 habituated mountain gorilla families across Uganda. Family groups range in size with an average of 10 family members, but some can have as many as 20 individuals. Join any one of these families and and be a part of their daily activity, get regular updates, celebrate birthdays, follow them as they live their adventurous lives.

BINP – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | # – Number of family individualsv | SB – Silverbacks | BB – Black-backs | AF – Adult Females | SAF – Sub-adult Females | J – Juveniles | I – Infants
Family Name # Location SB BB AF SAF J I
Bakingi 10 BINP - Rushaga 1 1 4 0 2 2
Bitukura 11 BINP - Ruhija 2 1 4 1 1 2
Bushaho 11 BINP - Nkuringo 1 1 4 2 0 3
Busingye 12 BINP - Rushaga 1 1 5 0 3 2
Bweza 11 BINP - Rushaga 3 0 4 0 1 3
Habinyanja 16 BINP - Buhoma 1 4 4 4 2 1
Hirwa 11 Mgahinga 1 0 2 3 4 1
Kahungye 19 BINP - Rushaga 2 3 7 2 2 3
Katwe 7 BINP - Buhoma 1 2 2 2 0 0
Kutu 11 BINP - - - - - -
Kyaguliro 8 BINP - Ruhija 1 1 1 4 0 1
Mishaya 10 BINP - Rushaga 1 1 4 1 0 3
Mubare 6 BINP - Buhoma 1 0 3 0 0 2
Mukiza 13 BINP - Ruhija 1 0 6 2 1 3
Nkuringo 15 BINP - Nkuringo 1 3 8 0 2 1
Nyakagezi 9 Mgahinga 4 0 2 0 1 2
Oruzogo 17 BINP - Ruhija 3 2 5 3 2 2
Rushegura 15 BINP - Buhoma 1 3 6 1 3 1
Shongi 8 BINP - Rushaga 1 1 3 1 0 2
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