Baby Gorilla Welcomed in Christmas Family


The Christmas family has welcomed another newly born baby gorilla in the Nkuringo sector south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The news was announced by the UWA officials on their social media platform as it’s done for exciting moments like this.

The newly born baby gorillas belong to an adult female called Kizza whose name is given to a child who comes after twines. The baby was captured by the UWA team in the afternoon hours on Monday 16th May 2022.

The baby gorilla was seen in good health hand warmth under her mother’s chest.

The adult gorilla Kizza (the mother) has given birth just a few days after Kebirungi had given birth to a baby in Nshongi habituated group of Rushaga southeast of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Christmas group among the three habituated gorilla groups of the Nkurinog sector and the other groups are Nkurringo and Bushoho.

The news of the baby gorilla is great news as far as the increase of the gorilla numbers is concerned. Conservationists have strived greatly to ensure that gorillas successfully live, and have invested to ensure that great news as such.

Gorillas are endangered species that once tasted on the edge of extinction. However, since the gorilla conservation efforts starts back with Dain Fossy’s efforts to date, there has been a drastic increase in the number of these endangered gentle giants.

Recently in 2019, the IUNC removed the gorillas from the list of critically endangered species to just endangered species.

The birth of a baby gorilla in the Christmas family has raised the number of individuals in the family to a total of 8 gorilla individuals who are under the leadership of Christmas silverback.

The introduction of the Christmas family increased the number of habituated gorilla families to three families at Nkuringo. The Nkuringo is the most challenging sector to trek gorillas and a number of travelers who are looking out for that tremendous and challenging trekking experience prefer trekking through the Nkuringo sector which overlooks the Virunga Massif.

This is the second baby gorilla received by Christmas in the year 2022 following the first baby which was received in January.


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