Gorilla Families in Rwanda, Gorilla Options
Rwanda is home to about a third of the total world population of mountain gorillas. presently, There are 7 gorilla groups open for tourist tracking:
Susa Gorilla Family
Family size: thirty nine members among them three silverbacks
This group at times moves to the higher altitudes hence making it more challenging to track. The family is as well popular for having a infant pair of twin: Impano plus Byishimo.
Sabyinyo Gorilla Family
Family size: nine members among them two silverbacks.
they majorly stay on the gentle slopes right between Mt. Sabyinyo and Mt. Gahinga and hence are easily accessible. This family is headed by the strong silverback – Guhonda.
Amahoro Gorilla Family
Family size: 15 members including 1 silverback
To track the Amahoro group can be challenging as it is a fairly steep climb. It is however a tranquil family headed by Ubumwe. its name Amahoro actually means “peaceful”.
Group 13 Gorilla Family
Family size: twenty members among them one silverback
Group 13 actually was the very first group to be habituated and has increased from the first 13 members to twenty one members.
Umubano Gorilla Family
Family size: seven members among them one silverback
Umubano group was created by members from the Amahoro group following break away of Charles, who was one of the males and today is the leader of this group.
Kwitonda Gorilla Family
Family size: eigteen members among them two silverbacks
Kwitonda family was named after a dominant silverback head of this group and it means ‘humble one’.
Hirwa Gorilla Family
Family size: nine members among them one silverback
this is a new group which emerged not so long ago and was formed from 2 separate families which are Sayinyo plus Group 13.
Although all efforts are put in place to make sure that the given information is exact and the latest, the figures can change at all times.
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