Volcanoes National Park Mountain Gorilla Families

volcanoes national park mountain gorilla families


Volcanoes national park is blessed with 10 mountain gorilla families and 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 that may force them to react negatively by attacking visitors in return.


Susa mountain gorilla family 

Susa gorilla family got its name from the Susa River, Susa gorilla family is historical in nature because of the famous American Zoologist Dian Fossey ever since 1967 up to 1985 when she was murdered, Susa mountain gorilla family had 42 members but it was reduced to 28 members due to death and fights, Susa family is endowed with twins of Byishimo and Impano, Susa mountain gorilla family lives in the highest altitude of mount Karisimbi.


Karisimbi mountain gorilla family

The Karisimbi mountain gorilla family led by a silverback called Nyagakangaga, this mountain gorilla family derived its name from mount Karisimbi and its where this mountain gorilla family stays. Karisimbi mountain gorilla family separated from the Susa gorilla family where Nyagakangaga left with 13 members from the Susa gorilla family, it was called Susa B, and then in 2010, it was named the Karisimbi mountain gorilla family.


Sabyinyo Mountain gorilla group

The Sabyinyo gorilla family got its name from mount Sabyinyo and its where the gorilla family lives until now, sabyinyo mountain gorilla family is the easiest group to track because it’s near the parks headquarter,sabyinyo has the biggest silverback called Guhonda which weighs about 220kgs and keeps his competitor away from the family.


Amahoro mountain gorilla family 

The Amahoro gorilla family got its name a Kinyarwanda word meaning peace and the family is so peaceful, Amahoro gorilla family consists of 18 members, Amahoro family is headed by Ubumwe which means togetherness in Kinyarwanda, Amahoro gorilla family lives within the mount Bisoke ranges.


Umubano mountain gorilla family

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’’ Umubano gorilla family consist of 13 members.


Kwitonda mountain gorilla family 

Kwitonda mountain gorilla family migrated from the Democratic Republic of 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, Kwitonda mountain gorilla family is being led by Akerevoru the youngest silverback after the death of Kwitonda in 2012, Kwitonda is made up of 23 members.


Agashya mountain gorilla family 

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


Bwenge mountain gorilla family 

Bwenge mountain gorilla family is comprised of 11 members and found within Bisoke areas, Bwenge mountain gorilla family is led by a silverback called Bwenge who moved from his original family when his formal group was experienced with a sad moment when his 6 infants at once.


Hirwa mountain gorilla family 

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 

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 mount Bisoke region and very hard to trek since they live on Bisoke slopes.


Titus mountain gorilla family 

Titus mountain gorilla family got its name from a silverback called Titus who was born when zoologist Dian Fossey was doing her research in Karisoke Research Centre, Titus was the only survivor from the entire family when his members were poached but he endured and he was made to join another family at a tender age, when he grew up, he broke away with other sharp 5 females and silverbacks like Beetsme to form their mountain gorilla family that later became so successful in Volcanoes national park, although Titus passed on at 35 years of age. Titus mountain gorilla family is main reserved aside for research purposes and for any tracking in cases of permit shortage on special request.