Bwindi’s Businza is at it again, which is fantastic news for Uganda’s mountain gorilla population! Businza, an adult female from the Rushegura gorilla family, gave birth on 11 November, her second birth in five years.
It’s a sure sign that consistent conservation efforts to ensure the survival of the endangered mountain gorillas are paying off.
“Over the last 10 years, Uganda has been leading in conservation of the mountain gorilla. We believe that a pristine and safe habitat is the crucial link in the survival of the gorillas as well as their health and well-being,” says Dr. Andrew Seguya, Executive Director at Uganda Wildlife Authority.
A World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a secure environment supported by the highest levels of conservation and management, providing ideal circumstances for breeding. Gorillas are closely guarded and monitored on a daily basis. At an estimated 450 gorillas, and growing steadily, Uganda has the largest population of gorillas, with its neighbors Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo home to the balance of less than 900 gorillas remaining in the wild.
It’s been a productive year for the gentle giants of Bwindi, where every new birth bears testament to conservation efforts that work, and are a real cause for celebration.