KAMPALA, Uganda is celebrating the birth of two baby gorillas in one week to the Mubare group of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in southwestern Uganda.

The double joy was announced here Wednesday by Dr. Andrew Seguya, the Executive Director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Gorillas are among the rarest species of animals on the face of the Earth and it is not common to have two gorillas born in the same week, said Seguya of the critically endangered species.

Aggrey Rwetsiba, the senior manager for Ecological Monitoring and Research at the UWA said Bwindi has 400 mountain gorillas. He also said the Virunga Massif shared by Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda is home to 480 mountain gorillas. This brings the total number of gorillas to 880.

On June 28, Kisho produced a bouncing baby while on June 23, Karungi produced a baby, bringing to 14 the total number of mountain gorillas in the Mubare Group. Kanyonyi, who is the silverback in the group, is the father of the two babies. Mubare has been increasing in number since 2012 when Kanyonyi took over leadership after the death of his father.

Pontious Ezuma, the Conservation Area Manager for Bwindi-Mgahinga, said 10 babies have been born in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park since the beginning of the year with only one death registered. It is an exciting moment to have babies, said Ezuma. The gorillas are reproducing as a result of better conservation measures. They are more relaxed and they feel safe to produce babies.


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