New Born gorilla in Virunga park, There is an excellent joy, excitement, and rejoicing in DR Congo’s Virunga park following the birth of two baby gorillas. The newly born babies were discovered on 26th July 2018 by the park rangers who were doing their daily work of checking all gorilla families to make sure they were all dong well. The baby gorillas were born in Rugendo and Humba families, which bring relations 30 and 15 mountain gorillas respectively.
The 19 years old kayenga is a new other in the Bageni family while the 8 years old Anangana may be a new mother within the Humba family. Altogether, nine baby gorillas are born in Virunga park, which may be a great achievement. Also, the birth of baby gorillas is sweet news to the tourism industry since gorilla tracking is that the major source of exchange for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga park is one of the four national parks that shelter the endangered mountain gorillas within the whole world. The park covers the Congo’s share of the Virunga conservation area alongside Volcanoes Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. The birth of baby gorillas brings hope for sustainable Congo gorilla tours giving future clients an opportunity to satisfy and interact with these species in their natural habitat
Virunga Park is Africa’s oldest park, which was gazetted in 1952 and is additionally referred to as the foremost biologically diverse protected area in Africa.
The park spreads over 7,8000 square kilometers bordered by Rwanda and Uganda. At first, the new birth of baby gorillas was celebrated in Mgahinga gorilla park but was later realized that babies belonged to Virunga park. the 2 national parks border one another and a few times mountain gorillas roam across the borders of the 2 parks.
Virunga park may be a home to the quarter of the world’s mountain gorillas habituated in 10 gorilla families to ease habituation. at the present, 8 gorilla group are available for trekking in Virunga park which are kabirizi family, Rugendo family, Humba family, Lulengo family, Mapuwa family, Nyakamwe family, Bageni family and Munyaga family. a bit like in other gorilla national parks, each gorilla family is visited by 8 people for an hour. Interestingly, gorilla permits in Congo are less expensive compared o Uganda and Rwanda. one gorilla permit in Congo costs 450usd, which is far cheaper compared to 600usd in Uganda and 1500usd in Rwanda.
Unlike in other gorilla countries (Rwanda and Uganda), gorilla tourism within the Democratic Republic of Congo is very hindered by civil conflicts. Rebel groups that hide within the park have continuously hindered tourism activities especially gorilla trekking and Nyiragongo Volcano hiking in Virunga Park. The recent kidnap was in May 2018 where two Briton travelers were kidnapped while a park manager killed by unknown gunmen who then disappeared within the jungle. The plans to open up some regions of Virunga park for oil drilling is additionally an enormous threat to the
Presently, there are not any gorilla safaris running in Virunga Park. The park was closed May 2018 following the kidnap of tow Briton travelers and therefore the killing of the park ranger by armed rebels. All safaris were postponed to 2019 to make enough time for accurate investigations regarding security and put strategies to avoid related incidences.
In general, the birth of baby gorillas in Virunga park is worth celebrating. Newborn gorilla babies bring hope for sustainable gorilla tourism within the Democratic Republic of Congo hence the endless flow of exchange to government and memorable gorilla trekking experience to the travelers.