KAMPALA, Uganda– The endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda have gone on a wild baby boom as yet another mountain gorilla was born in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park last week.
In September this year, news about the birth of baby gorilla in the same park went viral across the globe. The news was published across 222 websites reaching an audience of 88,289,319 including Yahoo, MarketWatch, the Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Business Journal, and more.
The news was also promoted via 23 Tweets reaching 60,600 Twitter followers from accounts including Real Animal News, World Ape Fund, and 1800 Vacations.
“The consistent and sustained conservation efforts to ensure the survival of the mountain gorillas are paying off,” Dr. Andrew Seguya, said last week while speaking of the recent birth, the third in many months.
The new baby gorilla was born to Businza an adult female in the Rushegura mountain gorilla family. Originally from Habinyanza family, Businza moved to her present family, Rushegura, in 2000.
After giving birth in the morning, she was seen by a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) tracker later in the day. UWA monitors all the habituated gorillas daily to ensure they are in good health and safe.
Seguya said over the last 10 years, Uganda has been leading in conservation of mountain gorillas. “We believe that the pristine and safe habitant is the crucial link in the survival of the gorillas as well as their health and wellbeing,” Seguya said.
He said as a World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the highest possible level of conservation management.
“The mountain gorillas are responding to these ideal circumstances by giving birth,” Seguya said.
At more than 450 individuals, and growing, Bwindi has the largest number of mountain gorillas found anywhere in the world.
The area conservation manager, UWA, Mr. Pontius Ezuma said this is Businza’s second birth in two years.
“Businza first gave birth on 14th April 2011. This new baby born on 11th November 2016 is her second,” Ezuma has said.
He said with this baby, the group has now increased to 17 members, which said proves the scientific inter-birth interval for Bwindi as 5 years.
There are 10 groups of habituated gorillas in Bwindi, which is a small number compared to the larger numbers that live in the wild. Less than 900 mountain gorillas are left in the world, and only found in Uganda (over 50%), and the rest in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. So, every single birth is a reason for celebration.
This Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in the Southern Western part of Uganda and is one of the World Heritage sites with the increasing number of births of mountain gorillas.