Gorilla family migrates from Rwanda to Uganda

  • 2 years ago
  • Source: UWA,Virunga N.Park,Paddy Muramura
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According to sources in the Virunga conservation area twenty  gorillas of Hirwa family  crossed over to  Mt. Mgahinga gorilla National park in south western Uganda. for a  week now.

Mountain gorillas move freely crossing these geographical borders  shared by Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo in what is known as the Greater  Virunga  Landscape. The mountain gorillas came from the Northern part of Rwanda known as Kinigi and they are now camped  in Mgahinga. This is  not the ffirst time this is happening , until a couple of years ago it was not possible to book gorilla permits in M'gahinga because the  Mgahinga family had migrated across
 Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is perched in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.

As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivaled.

Mgahinga is part of the Greater Virunga Landscape which is also part of the Albertine Rift  .It is richest in endemic and threatened species including all of the worlds mountain gorillas , grauers gorilla and the chimpanzee. Containing eight national parks, four forest reserves and three wildlife reserves  this landscape  straddles the border of Democratic Republic of Congo ,Rwanda and Uganda. Virunga , Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwenzori National Parks are world heritage sites , Queen Elizabeth National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Lake George is a Ramsar site.