I just got a call from the Rangers at Bikenge patrol post in the Gorilla Sector and there has been a birth in the Mapuwa family!
This brings the total number of gorillas in this family to 16 - and the total number of habituated mountain gorillas in Congo to 86!
I don’t have any photos yet - but as soon as I do I will post them. The mother, I am told, is Kanepo - and the father is Mapuwa himself! There is another Silverback in the family - Nvuyekure - but Mapuwa is more dominant and so almost certainly the father.
This is Mapuwa - he now has nearly 10 offspring!
Kanepo is 10 years old and already has 2 children - Bikenge and Dunia. In fact for a long time - until the birth of Bikenge - we thought Kanepo was a male! It just goes to show we cannot be right all the time!
I just wanted to bring you this positive news hot off the press!