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Busingye Family Soon to be Open for Tourism

Source: E-Trip Africa

Published: December 8, 2012

The Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park originally had only one habituated gorilla family, Nshongi. However, as of recent, the sector has undergone a lot of transformation. Nshongi at the time of its habituation was the world’s largest habituated mountain gorilla family, but since, three more families have been habituated including Mishaya and Bweza who split on 1st August 2012.

In the same sector, another gorilla group was habituated, the Kahungye group, which has also witnessed yet another breakaway creating the new family called Busingye.  The Gorilla family is led by a dominant silverback Busingye who fights constantly in the wild for female adults. Busingye Gorilla group split from Kahungye family on 4th June 2012, increasing the Rushaga sector to 5 habituated gorilla groups (Mishaya, Kahungye, Nshongi, Bweza and Busingye).

According to the Area Conservation Manager BMCA Mr. Pontius Ezuma, Uganda Wildlife Authority has got more space available for tourists who intend to do gorilla tracking in the southern sector of the Bwindi Park. He advises that the visitors can now book this family because it is one of the versatile and exciting groups one can visit for a memorable time while in Bwindi’s Impenetrable park for gorilla tourism.

A researcher from the BMCA Monitoring team which is led by Warden Kato Raymond shows that there appears to be no intentions of the breakaway families to fuse back to their parent families in the future. This is characterized by the fierce battles between the original family and breakaway families. Since the groups seem to be avoiding direct interactions

Once this group is open to tourism and permits are ready for sale at the Uganda Wildlife Authority.