Kyaguliro

Kyaguliro

Gorilla Family

Kyaguliro

8 MEMBERS | UPDATED: 4 DECEMBER 2019

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 Silverback, 1 black back, 1 adult female, 4 sub adults, and 1 infant.

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    Silverbacks

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    Adult females

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    Blackbacks

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    Sub-adult females

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    Juveniles

  • 1

    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.