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Gorilla Families in Rwanda, Gorilla Options

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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.

rwanda gorilla familiesUmubano 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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