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Conservationists celebrate the birth of 5th Gorilla in 6 weeks

WILDLIFE- The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is celebrating the birth of yet another baby gorilla in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is the 5th in a period of just six months.

According to Bwindi Mghahinga Conservation Area Chief Warden, Nelson Guma, the new baby was born in the famous Rushegura Gorilla family by a female called Ruterana.

According to Guma, the newly-born ape brings the total number of Gorillas in Rushegura family to 18 and the baby is Ruterana’s 3rd offspring. 

On 1st Jan 2012 Ruterana gave birth to the first offspring who unfortunately died due to pneumonia but on 10th May 2016, she gave birth to another offspring called Rushokye who was visibly happy on seeing new baby gorilla born.

According to Guma, other 4 female gorillas gave birth in the last six months which has expanded the Rushegura family.

Mountain Gorillas are endangered species and can only be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and the Volocanoes located in Muhavura Mountain ranges spreading from Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A recent gorilla census put their numbers at around 800 in the whole world and more than half of them can be found in Uganda within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.


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