Kyaguriro silverback dead.
With sorrow, Uganda wildlife Authority yesterday announced the death of Rukina of Kyaguriro gorilla family in Ruhija region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The executive director of Uganda Wildlife Authority informed the public that a post-mortem had been conducted and the cause of death is believed to be lightening and thunder. This therefore means that mountain gorilla population has reduced when new borne are not put into consideration.
Kyaguriro gorilla family located in Ruhija region of Eastern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was for long used as a research family until Uganda Wildlife Authority decided to open it for gorilla trekking early this year bring the number of gorilla families for gorilla trekking to three including Oruzogo and Bitukura.
Every day, this regions offers a maximum of twenty four gorilla permits for all those interested in tracking the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This region can be accessed through Kabale town as well as Buhoma region in the north so all clients tracking Ruhija gorillas have a choice of either staying in Kabala, Ruhija or Buhoma region.
From Last year, Uganda has now lost three great silverbacks which include Ruhondeza who was the lead silverback of Mubare gorilla group and the first family to be habituated for tracking in 1993. This was followed by the death of Mwirima silverback the then leader of Rushegura gorilla family located in Buhoma region north of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Up to now, Rushegura does not have any silverback.