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Rugendo group is found in Mikeno sector between Bukima and Bikenge areas of Virunga National Park in DRC and is led by the dominant Silverback Bukima. 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 who 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 unknown people. The group remained without leadership for a couple of months until 2008 when the solitary Silverback Bukima assumed 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 composed of 13 individuals including 3 Silverbacks, 4 Adult females, 2 Sub- adults, 1 Juvenile and 3 Infants.