Mountain Gorilla friends have with effect from early September another Gorilla family on the website available for on-line friending. Rushegura refers to the place where the separation of this group from the larger family of Habinyanja took place on Valentine’s day in 2002.
The fast multiplying group is currently under the leadership of a stocky Silverback, Mwirima with assistance from Blackback Kabukojo and Kalembeezi.The group was opened for tourism in 2002. The family boasts of five active adult females, a number of juveniles and infants.
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Today there remains only 10 countries (all within the western, central and Eastern Africa region) with naturally occurring gorilla populations. Mountain Gorillas are critically endangered specie. There are only about 720 mountain gorillas left in the world.Over half the world’s mountain gorilla population is to be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.
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Business Leaders' Dinner Gains Momentum:
On October 8, all roads will be leading to Kampala Serena Hotel where the second annual gorilla gala will be held. This year’s event will take the form of a business leaders’ dinner hosted by UWA. The Dinner at the Serena Gardens is part of the Friend a Gorilla Campaign which was launched in September 2009 to raise funds for conservation of the critically endangered mountain gorillas only found in Bwindi and Mgahinga National parks. The theme of the dinner is “Achieving Chest-Thumping Business Growth” and the Guest Speaker, will be Mr. Bart Dorrestein, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Legacy Group in South Africa.
Mgahinga National Park Wins Global Award Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) has won the Lonely Planet Magazine Greatest Wildlife Encounter Award for 2010.
According to the UK based publication, the winners were nominated by a community of travelers in the UK who use the website, read the “Lonely Planet” magazine or buy guide books.
Bweza now a Silverback
Since the painful parting of ways between Nshongi and his brother Mishaya, Nshongi family has been left with two silver backs- Nshongi, the dominant silverback and Kakono. That has since changed. Bweza the fast maturing Blackback who was always getting into trouble with his superiors has now turned into a young silver back. Bweza has been spotted with his back entirely grey and moving about with a swagger. He has finally come of age! Impressed by his new status, Bweza has become more responsible and less notorious and cheeky as he has always been.
Gorilla branded tracking sticks gain popularity Gorilla branded Tracking sticks gain popularity Tracking sticks bearing a curving of a gorilla and inscription of “friend a gorilla” website are fast gaining popularity among the tourists who flock Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. The walking sticks are made out of the tea trees by the local craftsmen around Buhoma; the seat of Bwindi Impenetrable National park. According to Peter Mbwebwe, the Retail Sales Executive at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA),
In the Neighbourhood
Birding in the Albertine region part 2
Birding through Kitahurira "The Neck". In the last issue, we explored Buhoma, in this issue we proceed to Ruhija through “The Neck” The road from Buhoma to Ruhija passes through a narrow part of the forest “The Neck” this is at about 1550m above sea level. Scanning the canopy might reveal Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Apalis, Many-colored Bush-shrike and Brown-capped Weaver. Black-faced Rufous Warbler, White-chinned Prinia, Luhder’s Bush-shrike and Toro Olive Greenbul favor rank vegetation at forest edge and along streams. In the sky one could see Cassin’s Hawk-eagle. On the bridge over the river Ihihizo watch out for the rear African Black Duck, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Mountain Wagtail and Chapin’s Flycatcher.
Other birds you are likely to see include:- Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Blue-headed Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver and Willcock’s Honeyguide. 2km from Ruhija, is a good vantage point from which to scan for raptors such as African Goshawk , Mountain Buzzard, Ayres’ Hawk-eagle and African Cuckoo-hawk.
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