The Bikingi Gorilla Family; To begin with, the Bikingi family consist of 15 members. Also, we find this family in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Habituation of Bikingi gorilla group commenced in early 2012 as a follow-up exercise of the dispersing members of the disintegrated Mishaya family. Indeed, several members of the former Mishaya family were located in the group alongside other non-habituated members and later-on declared for habituation to keep close monitoring of the formerly habituated members.
About the family
The group is currently led by Bikingi a former solitary male following the death of the dominant Silverback Bikingi on 9th June 2018.
According to Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area Chief Park Warden, the unknown wild Silverback that killed the lead Silverback and took over leadership was also called Bikingi. The purpose of this action was to keep the group’s identity that was based on the original Bikingi Silverback.
Bikingi died after a fight with a solitary male in Bikingi area. The duo had had a series of fights before and this was the climax of them. Rangers suspect that the solitary male had interest in the leadership of the group. After the death of the dominant Silverback Bikingi all the group members separated and some joined other groups. For instance, about 7 individuals joined Kahungye group.
Following that event, however, there was a close search leading to the finding of 9 members including the solitary male. Since then, the group has registered births bringing the number of individuals to 11. These include 2 Silverbacks, 5 Adult females, 1 Juvenile and 4 Infants.
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