Baby Kagera looking much better.
Recently, Gorilla Doctors Eddy Syaluha and Martin Kabuyaya headed into the Mikeno sector to conduct a routine health check. As always, they were accompanied by a team of Virunga rangers that led them to the gorilla families and acted as their security team. They left the Bukima Patrol post at 7:40 am under light rain and entered the forest at 8:20. In just under two hours they found the Bageni group (the group that recently split from the Kabirizi group). According to Dr. Eddy, “Silverback Bageni was very calm when we approached. Bageni was resting with three females and their babies. We were able to check on Rubaka’s baby, Kagera (a male), who had previously been seen with a noticeable skin disorder. We are happy to report that the Herpes-like lesions on his face that we saw last time have disappeared. Kagera still has some dried skin on his face and chest and is missing some eyelashes, but otherwise seemed to be quite healthy and was breastfeeding normally. In general, all 20 members of this group appear to be doing well.”
Silverback Bageni was calm, but watchful as the team approached.
Satisfied they meant no harm, Bageni relaxes and begins to move about.
The Munyaga family was located in the Kabahige area. Dr. Martin reports: “Bilali and her baby were a ways away eating, but after about ten minutes, they rejoined silverback Mawazo. Bilali’s baby still has some facial lesions, but there haven’t been any appreciable changes since the last health check, so no intervention is planned. Silverbacks Kodogo (the balding one) and Kasole remained a good distance from the main group. In general, all eight individuals are doing well.”