This morning we followed the tracks that we found yesterday. After four hours of difficult tracking, I suddenly could smell the unmistakable scent of mountain gorillas. As we entered a clearing, we caught a glimpse of a big silverback- it was Mawazo, one of the Munyaga family.
The next gorilla I saw was Kadogo, who is my favorite of all the gorillas. He was a blackback when I last saw him, but I was delighted to see that he has since turned into a silverback. His head, however, was as bald as always- he was born that way.
Next was Kasole, a silverback who looked much the same as before, albeit bigger. However, Munyaga the lead silverback was nowhere to be seen. We will continue to look for him.
The final surprise was provided by the female Bilali, who had a baby about 9 months old. Her last two babies died before they were six months old, so we hope that this is third time lucky. With a baby and three silverbacks in her group, Bilali has her hands full!
Bilali with her infant
Bilali’s baby hitches a ride on her mother
Kadogo’s shiny bald head
Kasole was very relaxed with us