SHONGI

Shongi group is found in Rushaga tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Bweza. Habituation of Shongi group started in 2006. Initially, this group’s size was as large as 32 members with multi-males but with time intra-male rivalry has caused dispersals of individual members as well as fission. In early 2013, two sections of group members split off the main Shongi group to form the Mishaya group and later again to form the current Bweza group. Unfortunately, Mishaya Silverback (who had solely led the first splinter section) as an adult male died of an obstruction of the intestinal gut on 3rd February 2014. This resulted into dispersal of the remnant group members, as they had no other adult male to take lead. Some of the members ended up joining Bweza group while others joined Bikingi group. Today Shongi group is composed of 7 individuals including; 1 Silverback, 3 adult females, 1 sub adult male and 2 infant males.

 

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