HUMBA

Humba group is found between Gatovu and Bikenge areas of Virunga National park in the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC. The group was formed in 1998 following a split from Rugendo group. Humba a son to Rugendo, broke away from Rugendo group with 6 individuals leaving the father Rugendo with just 9 individuals. Interestingly the Silverback Nyakamwe decided to go with his brother Humba. By 2014, Humba group had increased to 16 individuals, unfortunately Humba and his brother Nyakamwe got into a fight leading to the split of the group.  Humba stayed with only 6 individuals while his brother Nyakamwe walked away with 10 individuals. In February 2015 Humba interacted with Munyaga group and surprisingly the sub-adult female Kakule left Munyaga group for Humba group. Interactions and births continue to occur. Today the group is headed by the Silverback Humba and composed of 11 individuals including; 2 Silverbacks, 3 adult females, 1 sub-adult male, 1 juvenile, and 4 babies (including Matendere and Ila born respectively Feb 2017 and Jan 2018).

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