Bushaho

Bushaho

Gorilla Family

Bushaho

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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.

  • 1

    Silverbacks

  • 4

    Adult females

  • 1

    Blackbacks

  • 2

    Sub-adult females

  • 0

    Juveniles

  • 3

    Infants

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).

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Situated in South-Western Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large primeval forest at the edge of the Albertine Rift and the western branch of the East African Rift, at elevations ranging from 1,160 to 2,607 metres. The majestic forest is home to half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.