Mgahinga Gorillas Get a Baby

Cyizanie, a mountain gorilla belonging to the Nyakagezi group, gave birth yesterday. An American/Palestinian visitor Dina Tamimi had the privilege of witnessing the astonishing event, as you will see in her video below. The sex of the 11th Nyakagezi gorilla is yet to be determined. This news is exactly what Mgahinga Gorilla National Park needs….

Lufthansa’s “Neighbor Gorilla”, Corrected

The Lufthansa magazine interview we mentioned in June has been translated into English for their website. It might be useful to ad some¬†corrections and clarifications: – permits for gorilla tracking in Uganda cost USD 600 (or USD 450 in November and April/May) – it is very much possible to get an internal flight to and…

Tom’s List

Tom Karemire (72) has been a nightwatchman at the Gorilla Highlands HQ since forever. In 2014, to celebrate his decade of service, we fulfilled Tom’s big wish: he wanted to meet mountain gorillas. Early in the morning on Saturday 22 November 2014 Tom left Kisoro by car, reached Mt Muhavura and started footing to the…

Lord of the Forest

Saza Chief was a mature silverback in the late 1950s who led a group of two wives and two children. Baumgartel recorded his first sight: There he stood, the black colossus, the primeval monster, the personification of brute force. His back was silver white, his chest and shoulders immense. He turned his massive head sharply…

Keeping Gorillas Healthy, or Not

Concerns that humans may pass on diseases were one of the reasons that farmers and forest inhabitants were evicted from the parks. However, the chance of people passing on disease to primates is higher¬†with non-locals who wouldn’t share the same immunities. The main gorilla health organisation is the Gorilla Doctors, previously presented through an interview…

How Gorillas Get Used to Humans

The process of habituating mountain gorillas to become used to humans is a long process and can take two years. It involves rangers going every day to a particular group and sitting with them making calming vocalisations and even pretending to eat leaves. For the first few months they remain hidden but will start to…