20 MEMBERS: LAST UPDATED 22/02/2022
Kwitonda group is found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and is led by Akarevuro. Originally formed in Virunga National Park (in 1995) 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 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 his 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. On May 4th, 2021, following a group split, Silverback Kigoma left with 16 members of the group to form a new group to be later named Kwisanga. This explains the reduced number of individuals in Kwitonda group. Kwitonda group is made up of 20 individuals including 2 Silverbacks, 8 Adult females, 2 Blackbacks, 3 Juveniles and 5 Infants.