Gorilla Family


Bageni group is found in Bukima and Gatovu areas of Virunga National Park in DRC and is led by Silverback Bageni. 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. Following an interaction with Wilungula group on October 7th, 2021, Bageni grabbed 4 adult females including Kasonya. This explains why the group increased vastly from 35 members to 42. Also having many reproductive females has helped the group’s population increase.  Bageni is composed of 46 individuals including 3 Silverbacks, 13 Adult females,1 Blackback, 7 Sub-adult females, 1 Sub-adult male, 7 Juveniles, and 10 Infants.

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  • 13

    Adult females

  • 1


  • 8

    Sub-adult females

  • 7


  • 16


About mountain gorillas

The eastern gorilla is a large hominid with a large head, broad chest, and long arms. It has a flat nose with large nostrils. The face, hands, feet and breast are bald. The fur is mainly black, but adult males have a silvery “saddle” on their back. When the gorilla gets older, the hair on the saddle of the back becomes white, much like the gray hair of elderly people. This is why the older males are called silverbacks. Grauer’s gorilla has a shorter, thicker, deep black fur, while the mountain gorilla has a more bluish color. The mountain gorilla is slightly smaller and lighter than Grauer’s gorilla, but still larger and heavier than the western lowland gorilla and the Cross River gorilla. Males are much larger than females. A full-grown male eastern gorilla typically weighs 140–205.5 kg (309–453 lb) and stands 1.7 m (5.6 ft) upright.

The goal of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is to ensure the conservation of mountain gorillas and their regional afromontane forest habitat in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park

Located in the Albertine Rift Valley in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park is Africa’s most biodiverse protected area that protects 1/3 of the wild mountain gorillas, over one thousand species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.