BIKINGI

Bikingi group is found in Rushaga tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The group is currently led by an unknown solitary male following the death of the dominant Silverback Bikingi on 9th June 2018. Bikingi died after a fight with a solitary male in Bikingi area. The duo had had a series of fights before and this was the climax of them. Rangers suspect that the solitary male had interest in the leadership of the group. After the death of the dominant silverback Bikingi all the group members dispersed and some joined other groups, for instance, about 7 individuals joined Kahungye group. However, a close search was done and 9 members including the solitary male were found.  The 9 individuals including 1 silverback, 1 black back, 4 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants are being monitored and still maintain the name Bikingi. Habituation of Bikingi gorilla group commenced in early 2012 as a follow-up exercise of the dispersing members of the disintegrated Mishaya group. Indeed, several members of the former Mishaya group were located in the group alongside other non-habituated members and later-on declared for habituation to keep close monitoring of the formerly habituated members.

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