By Ranger Sekibibi
After holding our patrol post at Bukima during the worst of the fighting, we finally got the period of calm we needed to check on our mountain gorilla families. On March 16th, when the heavy fighting shifted to Kibumba (which is still very close by), we began our search. By March 19th, we managed to locate all seven gorilla families that move throughout the Bukima, Bikenge, and Jomba areas.Â They are the Rugendo, Humba, Kabirizi, Bageni, Mapuwa, Munyaga, Lulengo families.
In addition to their well-being, we are happy to report the birth of a new baby in the Humba family. Humba’s family now stands at seventeen. We will report back to you on the name of the mother and provide pictures as soon as we are able to visit them again. Last week, our main concern was simply to locate all the groups as quickly as possible.