How Many Mountain Gorilla Families Are In Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

how many mountain gorilla families are in volcanoes national park-Rwanda


Volcanoes National Park is blessed with 10 mountain gorilla families. These are the Karisimbi gorilla family, Susa gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla family, Amahoro gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Agashya gorilla family, Hirwa gorilla family, Ugyenda gorilla family, Kwitonda gorilla family, Bwenge gorilla family, and Titus gorilla family, Gorilla grouping was done to prevent mountain gorillas from being overwhelmed by too many tourists, which may force them to react negatively by attacking visitors in return, if they feel overwhelmed by too many tourists. click here to view mountain gorilla trekking safaris


Susa mountain gorilla family 

Susa mountain gorilla family had 42 members but was reduced to 28 members due to death and fights; Susa mountain gorilla family is endowed with twins Byishimo and Impano; Susa mountain gorilla family lives at the highest altitude of Mount Karisimbi.


Karisimbi mountain gorilla family

The Karisimbi mountain gorilla family, led by a silverback called Nyagakangaga, derived its name from Mount Karisimbi, which is where this mountain gorilla family stays. The Karisimbi mountain gorilla family split from the Susa gorilla family after Nyagakangaga left with 13 Susa gorilla family members; it was called Susa B before being renamed the Karisimbi mountain gorilla family in 2010.


Sabyinyo Mountain gorilla group

The Sabyinyo gorilla family got its name from Mount Sabyinyo, which is where the gorilla family has lived until now. The Sabyinyo mountain gorilla family is the easiest group to track because it’s near the park's headquarters. Sabyinyo has the world's largest silverback, called Guhonda, which weighs about 220 kg and keeps his competitor away from the family.


Amahoro mountain gorilla family 

The Amahoro gorilla family got its name from a Kinyarwanda word that means peace, and the family is very peaceful. There are 18 members in the Amahoro gorilla family.


Umubano mountain gorilla family

The Umubano gorilla family was part of the Amahoro mountain gorilla family, which was dominated by Charles before he passed on, and now the family is led by a silverback called Ubumwe, which means "live together." The Umubano gorilla family consists of 13 members.


Kwitonda mountain gorilla family 

The Kwitonda mountain gorilla family migrated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and settled in Rwanda. Researchers indicated they might have moved due to pressure from other gorilla families in Congo or they were searching for food and ended up in the southern part of Rwanda. The Kwitonda mountain gorilla family is being led by Akerevoru, the youngest silverback, after the death of Kwitonda in 2012.


Agashya mountain gorilla family 

The Agashya gorilla family consists of 13 members, led by Nyakarima, who was overthrown by a silverback called Agashya. The Agashya mountain gorilla family is always found around Mount Mgahinga's foothills.


Bwenge mountain gorilla family 

The Bwenge mountain gorilla family has 11 members and is found in Bisoke areas. The Bwenge mountain gorilla family is led by a silverback named Bwenge, who moved from his original family after his formal group experienced a sad moment when his six infants were born at the same time.


Hirwa mountain gorilla family 

The Hirwa mountain gorilla family is among the newest gorilla families with 16 members. It got its name from Kinyarwanda, meaning "lucky one," and it’s very lucky because of the twins in their family.


Ugyenda mountain gorilla family 

The Ugyenda gorilla family contains 11 members, the group is gifted with one silverback called Ugyenda, meaning "on the move’’ Ugyenda is always moving and mobile. Ugyenda is found around the Mount Bisoke region and is very hard to trek since they live on the Bisoke slopes.


Titus mountain gorilla family 

The Titus mountain gorilla family was named after a silverback named Titus, who was born during zoologist Dian Fossey's research at Karisoke Research Centre. Titus was the only survivor from the entire family when his members were poached, but he endured and was made to join another family at a young age. When he grew up, he broke away with other sharp five females and silverbacks like Beetsme to form their mountain gorilla Titus mountain gorilla family is primarily reserved for research purposes and for tracking on special request in cases of permit shortages.

when is the best time to see mountain gorilla families in volcanoes national park in 2024/2025

The dry months between June and September is the most recommended time to travel to Volcanoes national park. There is often a clear cloud cover which makes it a comfortable climatic condition for mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda.