NKURINGO

Nkuringo group is found in Nkuringo tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Rafiki.  It was the first gorilla group to be habituated in the entire southern sector of BINP in 1997. Initially, the group had 17 individuals but with time a number of individuals kept dispersing up to the current size of 14 individuals including; 2 Silverbacks, 3 blackbacks, 7 adult females, 1 juvenile male and 1 infant male.  Nkuringo group is also the first gorilla group to record the birth of gorilla ‘twins’ in BINP in December 2004. The group is famously known for foraging outside the park in the buffer zone for up to 98% of their time. This practice led to the displacement of the former local human settlers in the frontline villages in Nkuringo sector to create a buffer zone to minimize human-wildlife interface. This displacement followed an outbreak of Scabies in the Nkuringo group in December 2000.

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