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RUSHEGURA GORILLA GROUP

Rushegura group is located in Buhoma part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Normally tourists start from the park headquarters to track this gorilla family but sometimes you might need to drive for up to 15 minutes for its trail head in Mukono

Rushegura is the name of a place where the separation of this group from the larger family of Habinyanja took place in February 2002. The break – away was led by the late Mwirima, a strong-massive silverback , desirous to form his own family, carrying away with him seven members. He later died and now the Rushegura is under the leadership of a strong black back

The late Mwirima, a son of Mukurusi, parted ways with his brother ,Rwansigazi who was famous for taking the gorillas on distant ranging expeditions, while Mwirima preferred shorter ranges.
The group was opened for Tourism in 2002 since the individuals had been habituated under the original Habinyanja family.

True to Late Mwirima’s determination to found a large –stable family,he worked so hard that by April 2010,the individuals had increased to 19 from the original 8.He was on record to have sired a number of off springs so far.

The group which is known to at times cross in neigbhouring Democratic Republic of Congo ,currently has no silverback ,five Adult females ,one Blackback ,and a host of juveniles and infants. The individuals under Mwirima feel secure given his proven heroics in fighting off rival and wild groups. Mwirima is known to engage in severe fights in protection of his sovereignty and the family, using his sharp canines, slapping and tearing vegetation , chest beating and thumping the ground with palms to display the end of the battle.

Rangers cite a recent example when Rushegura group encountered a wild Makare group against whom Late Mwirima fought tooth and nail ,triumphed and ensured the group stayed feeding in the battle field for two days to celebrate his rare feat.

Late Mwirima used to determine the movements of the group leading to appropriate feeding sites as well as mediating conflicts within the family. With the five adults bonded to Late Mwirima for most of the time. With the death of Mwirima in 2014 an influential black back has taken over control of the family.

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