The Rushegura Gorilla Family


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The Rushegura Gorilla Family; In the Northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable national park known as the Buhoma sector lives a gorilla group called the Rushegura gorilla family. Before we explore more about this family, let us look at a brief summary concerning the National park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is in the South western part of Uganda and is a home to about 400 mountain gorillas – half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. This park is a special destination due to the fact that it protects the endangered gorilla species from the threat of extinction while enabling humans to get the most amazing gorilla experience.

A brief summary about mountain gorillas

Did you know that mountain gorillas share 98% DNA with human beings? Interestingly, there are also referred to as the human cousins. This is after baboons and chimpanzees. Additionally, mountain gorillas are one of the world’s most intriguing creatures. An encounter with them is one of the best experiences ever! This is also because they behave and organize themselves like human beings.

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All about the Rushegura gorilla family

With regard to structure, the Rushegura family consists of 19 members with their leader as one silverback. However, the number of members changes from time to time depending on situations such as death, birth of new ones or joining of new members into the group.

The name Rushegura is as a result of the place where the group separated from their former family known as Habinyanja in 2002. That separation was led by Mwirimu who wanted to stay close to his family. He broke away with 7 members and then his group was joined by 5 female members making it a total of 12 gorillas. From there onwards, he managed to build a stable family which increased to 19 members in 2010.

Interestingly, till this date Mwirima is a strong leader for his family. On several occasions, he even fights off wild gorillas in a bid to protect his group.

Unique features

The Rushegura family used to cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo and then come back to Uganda but lately, they are settled peacefully in Bwindi Impenetrable national park (

The members of this family have a strong and bold character. You can often see them wondering in the nearby homes, souvenir shops and lodges. In addition, they do not shy away from people. This gives tourists a chance to see them carrying out their activities at close range.


It would definitely be wonderful and life changing if these written descriptions about the Rushegura family became a reality to you or your loved ones. Kindly contact Pamoja Tours and travel to make your booking for a gorilla trekking safari or to make any inquiries.

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