Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park reports an unexpected boom in the population of the Ugandan mountain gorillas.
This has given park managers and wildlife lovers a lot to smile about, just two years after being taken off the ‘critically endangered’ list.
At difficult times like these where world events such as the Covid 19 pandemic don’t give us a lot to smile about, this amazing news is certainly a cause for joy.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has reported the birth of seven baby gorillas this year.
Since the country typically records one or two births a year, this is a number almost four times greater than the largest annual record, and the year isn’t even over yet!
Five of the baby gorillas were born in just six weeks from July 22 to August 31, said Bashir Hangi, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)
WATCH: Rehabilitated chimpanzee gives emotional farewell hug to Jane Goodall
The status of mountain gorillas was changed from critically endangered to endangered in 2018 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, thanks to an increase in their numbers.
“The birth of new mountain gorillas is testimony to Uganda’s successful conservation efforts,” Sam Mwandha, UWA executive director, said in a statement.
The parks are staffed 24 hours a day by veterinary teams and anti-poaching patrols. The animals are protected by law in Uganda – with harsh punishments for poaching.
In July a man was sentenced to 11 years in prison over the death of a Silverback mountain gorilla named Rafiki, in Bwindi National Park.