IGISHA - SUSA B
30 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Igisha group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and is led by Igisha. Igisha sometimes referred to as Susa B split from the original Susa A on November 30th, 2014. Igisha Silverback moved with 23 individuals and formed Susa B group that was later named Igisha after him. Igisha group is currently composed of 30 individuals which include 5 Silverbacks, 7 adult females, 2 blackbacks, 3 sub-adult females, 5 juveniles and 8 infants.
11 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Muhoza group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Muhoza the dominant Silverback formed his group of 7 individuals on 3rd December 2016. Muhoza grabbed two adult females from Hirwa group and Muhoza is now composed of 11 individuals; including 1 Silverback, 6 adult females, 2 sub-adult females and 2 infants.
18 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Isimbi group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and led by the dominant Silverback-Muturengere. Isimbi group is a result of Karisimbi group split which took place on 10th April 2012. Getty Silverback took the lead of the new group of 7 individuals. Getty died on December 22nd, 2013 due to abscess on air sac and pneumonia. After his death, the young blackback then, Muturengere took lead of the group with the help of Poppy, an adult female. Poppy is said to be the oldest living adult female among all gorilla groups. Muturengere fought other groups that sought to grab some members of his group. The group has since grown from 7 to 18 individuals who include 1 Silverback, 7 adult females, 4 juveniles and 7 infants
16 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Hirwa group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and is led by Munyinya. Munyinya Silverback came from the main Susa group in 2002 and somewhat disappeared for about 4 years, until June 17th 2006 when he showed up again with a couple of other individuals. The group was opened for tourism in July 2006 and named as Hirwa in the same year. Since his return, Munyinya increased the size of his group by grabbing individuals from surrounding groups such as Sabyinyo, Agashya and Kwitonda. Despite being the newest group on the block, Hirwa kept exhibiting its strength and maintained its status and respect from other gorilla groups in the area. Hirwa group is composed of 16 individuals including 2 Silverbacks, 4 adult females, 2 sub-adult males, 4 juveniles and 4 infants. This group is known to have the second ever surviving twins (Isango Gakuru and Isango Gato born to Kabatwa) after the main Susa group.
11 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Karisimbi group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and led by Nyagakangaga. This group was formed after the split of the main Susa group on June 28th 2009. On this day Nyagakangaga who was among several subordinate Silverbacks took 13 individuals and moved away to form his own group referred as Susa B then. It was later named Karisimbi in 2010 at the gorilla naming ceremony – Kwita Izina. The group was named Karisimbi because; it ranges from within and around Karisimbi Mountain in Volcanoes National Park. Unfortunately, /fortunately, another faction broke away from Karisimbi on April 10th 2012 to form another group called Isimbi. Today, Karisimbi group composed of an unknown number since it has not been seen since October 2016. However before it crossed the DRC border on October 7th 2016 the total number of group individuals was 11 including 4 Silverbacks, 1 adult female, 1 blackback, 1 sub-adult male, 1 sub-adult female, 1 juvenile and 2 infants.
33 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Kwitonda group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and is led by Akarevuro. Originally formed in 1995 in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kwitonda group migrated to Rwanda in 2003 to escape pressure from other groups. Kwitonda Silverback is thought to have been a solitary male before joining Rugabo group in the DRC. After the death of Rugabo Silverback, Kwitonda grabbed some individuals of the group to form his own group. After this, he moved to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and established its home range between Mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga. Unfortunately, Kwitonda died in 2012 due to old age and left Akarevuro and Kigoma both subordinate Silverbacks fighting for leadership of the group. Somehow Akarevuro won the respect of the group members and took full leadership of the group. Kwitonda group is made of 33 individuals including 2 Silverbacks, 9 adult females, 3 blackbacks, 2 sub-adult male, 6 juveniles and 10 infants. There’s no doubt that Kwitonda group is the largest of all gorilla groups with even the highest number of gorilla infants!
18 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Sabyinyo group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and is led by Guhonda. At its habituation the group was named Amavubi (wasps) due to their aggressive character which gave hard time to the habituation field teams. The name was later changed to Sabyinyo, after the mountain where the group was first seen. After the death of the Silverback Murthi of Group 13, Guhonda a lone Silverback took advantage of Murthi’s death and grabbed 3 females from Group 13 (Gukunda, Kampanga and Ijisho) and a number of others from Group 11. These are the individuals that Guhonda used to form his group with. Sabyinyo group currently consists of 18 individuals including 4 Silverbacks, 6 adult females, 3 juveniles and 5 infants.
KURIRA - SUSA A
18 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Kurira group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and is led by Kurira. It is also referred to as the original Susa. Susa is an old and famous group in Volcanoes National Park formed in 1974 with initially 7 individuals. Before splitting up in 2009, it was the biggest ever recorded group counting 41 members. Susa A split into 2 other groups (Karisimbi and Igisha or Susa B). Karisimbi later split into another faction of Isimbi group. After the split, the original Susa group remained with 16 individuals. Today Kurira group is composed of 18 individuals including 3 Silverbacks, 4 adult females, 3 blackbacks, 2 sub-adult males, 1 juvenile and 5 infants. Susa A is known to have the first set of surviving twins in the history of mountain gorillas in 2004 (Impano and Byishimo) and later in 2011 (Impeta and Umudende, although Impeta passed on in 2015). The group is also known to have been a victim of a poaching incident in May 2002 where 2 adult females were killed trying to protect 2 babies from poachers who wanted to steal and sell them on the illegal market
13 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Umubano group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Umubano which was formerly part of Amahoro group is still led by Charles, the dominant Silverback. Umubano separated from Amahoro A (led by Ubumwe) without aggression. Shortly after the separation, the 2 groups would meet, interact, and feed together for one or two days and then go separate ways. Umubano group is composed of 13 individuals including 5 Silverbacks, 2 Adult females, 2 blackbacks, 1sub adult male,1 Juveniles and 2 infants.
23 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Agashya group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Originally known as Group 13 and headed by the dominant Silverback Murthi who died in 1992 leaving behind 3 young males (Munane, Nyakarima and Kwirinda) faced with the challenge of leading the group. The 3 males stayed together until Munane turned into a Silverback and led the group. Kwirinda died from injuries sustained through a fight with another group, while Nyakarima left the group. In his quest to expand the group, Munane interacted with other groups and acquired females. He unfortunately died on May 18th 2002 due to natural causes leaving behind a blackback to lead the group. Due to his young age, the blackback associated with the adult female Safari who helped him in managing the group. However, a Silverback (Agashya) from an unknown group then came and took over leadership from the young blackback. The group was later named Agashya in 2010 at Kwita Izina ceremony. Currently, Agashya group is led by the Silverback Agashya and composed of 23 individuals; including 3 Silverbacks, 6 adult females, 3 blackbacks, 1 sub-adult male, 2 sub-adult female, 1 juvenile and 6 infants.
20 Members | Updated: 21 August 2018
Amahoro group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and led by Ubumwe. The habituation of Amahoro group started in March 1996 and stopped in 1997 due to the war. The group was opened for tourism in 2000. On May 4th 2002, the dominant Silverback Amahoro died at about 31 years of age. After his death, the two subordinate Silverbacks Ubumwe and Charles could not agree on who would step in Amahoro’s leadership. Therefore, the group split into two; the main Amahoro led by Ubumwe and another led by Charles. Charles’s group was later called Amahoro B then Umubano. Today Amahoro group is made up of 20 individuals including 3 Silverbacks, 6 Adult females, 1 Sub-adults females, 1 sub adult male, 2 Blackback, 1 Juvenile and 6 Infants.
The group is currently led by Gahinga after Ubumwe disappeared / left the group in June 2018. Amahoro group is also under observation of a split. According to reports one Silverback has on several occasions disappeared for days with about 7 individuals but later returns to the group.
9 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
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.
8 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Kyaguliro group formerly called Rukara group is found in Ruhija tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Rukara. Kyaguliro group is solely dedicated for gorilla research by Manx Planc Institute (MPI) for Evolutionary Anthropology. MPI researches mainly on the group’s behavioural ecology and conducts daily monitoring visits to the group. Kyaguliro’s habituation began in 1995 and in 2015 sudden death occurred to the group head Rukina. Rukina succumbed to an electric shock due to lightening. After Rukina’s demise, the group was left under the leadership of an inexperienced young Silverback (Mukiza) who was later ambushed by an immigrating Adult Silverback (Rukara) from the Bitukura group, this fuelled a split of the group into two – (Rukara and Mukiza) in May 2016. Kyaguliro group is known for spending almost all its time in the inner forest and very rarely gets close to the forest’s peripherals. The group is currently composed of 8 individuals including 1 Silverbacks, 1 black back, 1 adult female, 4 sub adults, and 1 infant.
11 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Bushaho group is found in Nkuringo tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Bahati. Following a number of individual gorilla dispersals from Nkuringo group, a search for their whereabouts was launched in early 2012. It was discovered that one of the former silverbacks of Nkuringo group, Bahati who had disappeared earlier was leading a parallel group. Some of the members in this group were former members of Nkuringo group among other non-habituated members. What started as a follow-up exercise later led to close monitoring of the behaviour of the parallel group. The group was later habituated and named ‘Bushaho’ after the topo-name of the locality where the group forages most. Bushaho group is still under habituation. The group is currently composed of 11 individuals including; 1 Silverback, 1 blackback, 4 adult females, 2 sub-adult females, and 3 infants.
13 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Mukiza group formerly called Kyaguliro B is found in Ruhija tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Mukiza. The group was formed in May 2016 after the split of the main Kyaguliro group. Mukiza group is also dedicated for gorilla research by Manx Planc Institute (MPI) for Evolutionary Anthropology. MPI researches mainly on the group’s behavioural ecology and conducts daily monitoring visits to the group. Just like Rukara group, Mukiza group is known for spending almost all its time in the inner forest and very rarely gets close to the forest’s peripherals. The group is currently composed of 13 individuals including; 1 Silverback, 6 adult females, 2 sub-adults, 1 juvenile and 3 infants.
11 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Bitukura group is found in Ruhija tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the Silverback Mugisha. Mugisha replaced Ndahura after he passed on on 18th Dec 2016 following an accident – he fell from a tree. Habituation of Bitukura group started in 2006. Bitukura group is currently composed of 11 individuals; 2 Silverbacks, 4 adult females, 1 black back, 1 juvenile male, 1 sub adult male and 2 infants. Bituruka group is well known for multi-male tolerance in the group sometimes with up to five adult males living in the same group at once. Bitukura group likes foraging around Ruhija tourism station of BINP and sometimes along the forest edges in the sector.
12 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Busingye group is found in Rushaga tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the founder Silverback Busingye. Members of Busingye gorilla group were initially habituated as a whole in 2008 as Kahungye group unfortunately the group broke away in March 2012 creating the Busingye group. This group was named after one of the adult males who led the splinter section to form a new group. Busingye group is fondly known for foraging within the inner forest and very rarely comes toward the park edge. It is composed of 12 individuals including; 1 Silverback, 5 adult females, 1 Black back, 2 juvenile females and 3 infants.
10 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Bweza group is found in Rushaga tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Kakono. Bweza group members were initially habituated in the larger Shongi group until early 2013 when they detached themselves to form their own group under the leadership of Kakono. Bweza group likes to forage on local community land (where vegetation is more disturbed) than in the intact forest areas. This could be its way of freeing from the initial group. Bweza group is currently led by Kakono and composed of 10 individuals including; 3 Silverbacks, 3 adult females, 1 sub-adult female, and 3 infants.
15 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Habinyanja group is found in Buhoma tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the Silverback Makara. Habituation of Habinyanja group started in 1996 and in February 2002 the group split into two families causing the creation of Rushegura group. Habinyanja group once a large group with more than 25 members including several strong males is currently composed of 15 individuals including; 1 Silverbacks, 4 blackbacks, 3 adult females, 1 sub – adult, 4 juveniles and 2 infants. Habinyanja group is uniquely known for ranging further and colonizing new areas away from its originally known home range areas – Habinyanja – Buhoma sector. It has established a new home area in – Nyamishamba – Buhoma sector.
22 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Kahungye group is found in Rushaga tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant silverback Ruzika. The habituation of this group started in 2008 with about 29 individuals including 3 adult males but due to intra-male rivalry, fission occurred in March 2012 creating Busingye group. Today Kahungye group is composed of 22 individuals including; 3 Silverbacks, 2 blackbacks, 7 adult females, 2 sub-adults, 3 juveniles and 5 infants.
8 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Mishaya gorilla group is found in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The initial birth of Mishaya group occurred in 2010 when Shongi group split into two with a splinter section led by Mishaya silverback. So later in 2014, the silverback Mishaya died from obstruction of intestinal gut leading to the disintegration of other group members. In May 2018, some members of the former Mishaya were found under the leadership of a new male, hence resumption of habituation. Mishaya is currently led by an identified silverback and is composed of 8 individuals including 1 silverback, 1 blackback, 3 adult females, and 3 infants. Mishaya group is still under habituation and monitoring.
5 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Mubare group is the oldest habituated gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Maraya. Maraya knocked the former Silverback Kanyonyi dead during a violent fight in November 2017. Kanyonyi had previously fallen from a tree and sustained injuries which left him weak and susceptible to defeat. When Kanyonyi died most members left the group and a couple of infants fell victims of infanticide from the new group leader. This sometimes happens when the new leader is not closely related to the group. Mubare group is currently composed of 5 individuals including; 1 Silverback and 4 adult females. Habituation of Mubare group started in 1991. The group is uniquely known for Single male leadership and pure intolerance to multi- adult male presence by its leader(s). The group’s historical leader (Ruhondeza) was well known for practicing ‘infanticide’ to eliminate younger males and at the time of Ruhondeza’s demise (26th June 2012) only one lucky male (Kanyonyi) had managed to survive his father’s wrath thus taking over leadership of the group then.
14 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
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.
7 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
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.
17 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Oruzogo group is found in Ruhija tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Bakwate. Oruzugo group is fondly known for foraging and feeding on vegetation dominated by ‘Alchornea hitela’ plant (locally known as Oruzogo) upon which the group’s group name also originates. Feeding on this vegetation makes it unique because while Ozurogo group enjoys this vegetation other gorilla groups rarely eat it. Oruzogo whose habituation started in 2008 is composed of 17 individuals including; 3 Silverbacks, 1 black back, 6 adult females, 3 sub-adult males, 2 juveniles and 2 infants.
7 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Katwe gorilla group is found in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by an unknown silverback. Habituation of Katwe group started in January 2018 with 7 individuals, including 1 silverback, 2 blackbacks, 2 adult females, 2 sub adults. The group derives the name Katwe from the topple name of the hill top area where initial habituation of the group took place. Katwe gorilla group is one of two newly habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
15 Members | Updated: 4 December 2017
Rushegura group is found in Buhoma tourism sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Kabukojo. The group was created in February 2002 following the split of the larger Habinyanja group. Rushegura group was named after a tree species ‘Ebishegura’ found in the area where the split occurred. Rushegura group is known for foraging closer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s headquarters (Buhoma) and for visiting local community gardens around its home range areas. The group is currently composed of 15 individuals including; 1 Silverback, 3 blackbacks, 6 adult females, 1 sub-adult and 4 infants.
Photo used with permission from Ryoma Otsuka.
9 Members | Updated: 18 October 2018
Nyakagezi group is found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and is led by the dominant Silverback Mark assisted by the Silverback Ndugutse. The habituation of Nyakagezi group started in 1991 and the group was later opened for tourism in 1994. Apparently, Nyakagezi group is the only habituated gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Nyakagezi group is composed of 9 individuals including; 4 Silverbacks, 2 adult females, 1 juvenile male, and 2 infant females. The gorilla group is fondly known for its trans-boundary nature, which makes it freely roam across the three countries (Uganda, Rwanda & DRC) of the Virunga Massif at will. Nyakagezi group is also known for multi-male tolerance.
This group of Grauer’s gorillas is open for visits by tourists in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC.
30 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Bageni group is found in Bukima and Gatovu areas of Virunga National Park in DRC. The group was formed in January 2013 after Bageni the Silverback split from his father’s group (Kabirizi group). Bageni moved away with 20 individuals including his mother Mapendo and brothers and formed his own group called Bageni Bageni group is headed by the Silverback Bangeni and is composed of 30 individuals including; 3 Silverbacks, 10 adult females, 1 sub-adult female, 1 sub-adult male, 7 Juveniles, and 8 babies.
11 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
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).
19 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Kabirizi group is found in Bukima area of Virunga National Park in DRC. Around 1994, Zunguruka group led by the Silverback Zunguruka was habituated in Bukima area. Zunguruka later died of old age and left his son Ndungutse to lead the group, until 1997, when he (Ndugutse) was killed by bullets in a cross fire between DR Congo army and Rwandan rebels near the Bukima patrol post. After Ndungutse’s death, his son Buhanga took over the leadership of the group with 13 individuals. Unfortunately, Buhanga faced resistance from his brother Karateka. Later, the two brothers Buhanga and Karateka fought, forcing Karateka to leave the group with 3 individuals. On 10/01/1998, Buhanga interacted with Karateka and grabbed back 3 individuals leaving Karateka a lone Silverback. On 06/02/1998, Buhanga had a violent interaction with Kabirizi (then alone Silverback too) that left him with serious wounds, which later claimed his life. Surprisingly Buhanga in his wounded condition was still able to protect and keep all his group members together. After his death, an adult female called Nsekuye took over the leadership of this wandering group. Her leadership did not last long since on 23/02/1998, she was overthrown by a lone Silverback called Munyaga. On the other hand, Kabirizi grabbed a few individuals from Luwawa group whose dominant Silverback Luwawa was killed in 1995. Later, Kabirizi interacted with Munyaga several times until he grabbed all his females to form a big group. On 27/01/2013, Kabirizi group split into two. Kabirizi remained with 16 individuals while his son Bageni took away 20 individuals. Today Kabirizi group is headed by the Silverback Kabirizi and is composed of 19 individuals including; 3 Silverbacks, 5 adult females, 3 Sub- adult male, 3 Sub-adult females, 1 Juvenile and 4 babies
11 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Lulengo group is found in Jomba area of Virunga National park in DRC. Initially known as Rugabo, the group’s habituation started in 1985 with the Silverback Rugabo as the group head. Unfortunately, Rugabo and 2 other females were brutally shot dead in 1994 in Jomba. Related to this incident, Mvuyekure a juvenile then was carried away by poachers with the aim of selling him off in Uganda; fortunately, Mvuyekure was rescued and the poachers were arrested and imprisoned. So, following the death of Rugabo, his son Lulengo took over leadership of the group which was composed of 12 individuals at the time. A couple of interactions that saw to the transfer of some individuals from Lulengo to other groups was witnessed, for instance; From 1998 Lulengo interacted several times with Mapuwa and Rugendo groups and a good number of his members crossed to these groups. Today Lulengo group is led by the Silverback Lulengo and composed of 11 individuals including;1Silverback, 3 Adult females, 1 Sub-adult male, 3 juveniles and 3 babies.
4 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Mapuwa group is found in Jomba area of Virunga National Park in DRC. The group was formed in 1998 by Mapuwa Silverback. Mapuwa is a son to the Silverback Rugendo and evolved in Rugendo group. In August 1995, Mapuwa left Rugendo group at the same time as his brother Ruzirabwoba for solitary life. On 01/08/98, Mapuwa interacted with Lulengo group and grabbed 2 females (Kagofero and Kanepo) to form his own group – Mapuwa. Today Mapuwa group is composed of 4 males including 2 Silverbacks, 1 blackback and 1 Sub-adult male.
9 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Munyaga group is found in Bukima area of the Virunga National park in DRC. The Silverback Munyaga was a lone wild Silverback before 1998. In February 1998, Munyaga met Buhanga group then headed by the adult female Nsekuye and took advantage of the absence of a dominant Silverback in the group and made himself the group leader. Later the group interacted several times with Kabirizi group until Munyaga lost all his females to Kabirizi group. After that, Munyaga disappeared for two years (2007-2008). Following his disappearance, Mawazo took over leadership of the group until today. Today the group is composed of 9 individuals including 3 Silverbacks, 2 Adult females, 2 Juveniles, and 2 babies.
12 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Nyakamwe group is led by the Silverback Nyakamwe and found in Bukima area of the Virunga National park in DRC. Nyakamwe group was formed in 2014 as a result of the split in Humba group. Nyakamwe Silverback had internal conflicts with his brother Humba and ended up leaving the group on 20/04/2014 with 10 individuals, leaving Humba group with only 5 individuals. Today, Nyakamwe group is composed of 12 individuals including 2 Silverbacks, 1 Blackback, 4 Adult females, 2 Sub – adult females, 1 juvenile and 2 babies.
10 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Rugendo group is found in Mikeno sector between Bukima and Bikenge areas of Virunga National Park in the DRC. Rugendo is among the first groups to be habituated alongside Rugabo and Zunguruka in 1985. At its formation, the group was led by the Silverback Rugendo which was unfortunately killed by rebels in 2001 in Bukima area. Rugendo is known to be the father to many Silverbacks in Virunga National Park including; Mapuwa, Humba, Ruzirabwoba, Mukunda, Nyakamwe; Mburanumwe; Baseka; Kongomani; Lubutu and Bahati. After his death, his son Senkwekwe took over leadership of the group until 2007 when he was murdered with 5 other gorillas of his group by unkown people. The group remained without leadership for a couple of months until 2008 when the solitary Silverback Bukima took over its leadership. Bukima was initially a member of Buhanga group and spent some time in Munyaga group before becoming a solitary Silverback in 2005. Rugendo group is currently headed by the Silverback Bukima and composed of 10 individuals including 3 Silverbacks, 2 Adult females, 1 Sub- adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 babies.
18 Members | Updated: 21 November 2018
Mvuyekure group is the newest group in Virunga National Park, it was formed in 2017 following a split of Mapuwa group. It is led by the Silverback Mvuyekure, who was born in 1991 in Rugabo group. While a juvenile Mvuyekure was carried away by poachers with the aim of selling him off in Uganda but fortunately Mvuyekure was rescued and the poachers were arrested and imprisoned. In the process of acquiring Mvuyekure the poachers killed his father (Rugabo) and two other females. After several interactions with Mapuwa group Mvuyekure became a member of this group until he grew into a Silverback. Mapuwa group began to split in 2017 and Mvuyekure left with the majority of the members leaving Mapuwa Silverback with only 3 individuals. Today Mvuyekure group is composed of 18 individuals including 1 Silverback, 6 Adult females, 1 Sub-adult male, 1 Sub-adult female, 3 juveniles and 6 babies.