Tweets wel­come Uganda go­rilla birth

East African Business Week - - TOURISM -

KAMPALA, UGANDA - The en­dan­gered moun­tain go­ril­las in Uganda are on a baby boom as yet an­other one was born re­cently in the Bwindi Im­pen­e­tra­ble For­est Na­tional Park last week writes SAM OKWAKOL

In Septem­ber this year, news about the birth of baby go­rilla in the same park went vi­ral across the globe.

The news was pub­lished across 222 web­sites reach­ing an au­di­ence of 88,289,319 in­clud­ing Ya­hoo, Mar­ket­watch, the Mi­ami Her­ald, The Los An­ge­les Business Jour­nal, and many more.

The event was also pro­moted via 23 Tweets reach­ing 60,600 Twit­ter fol­low­ers from ac­counts in­clud­ing Real An­i­mal News, World Ape Fund, and 1800Va­ca­tions.

“The con­sis­tent and sus­tained con­ser­va­tion ef­forts to en­sure the sur­vival of the moun­tain go­ril­las are pay­ing off,” Dr. An­drew Seguya, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Uganda Wildlife Au­thor­ity said last week while speak­ing on the re­cent birth, the third in many months.

The new baby go­rilla was born to Bus­inza an adult fe­male in the Rushe­gura moun­tain go­rilla fam­ily. Orig­i­nally from Habinyanza fam­ily, Bus­inza moved to her present fam­ily, Rushe­gura, in 2000.

Af­ter giv­ing birth in the morn­ing, she was seen by a UWA tracker later in the day. UWA mon­i­tors all the ha­bit­u­ated go­ril­las daily to en­sure they are in good health and are safe.

Seguya said over the last 10 years, Uganda has been lead­ing in con­ser­va­tion of moun­tain go­ril­las.

“We be­lieve that the pris­tine and safe habi­tat is the cru­cial link in the sur­vival of the go­ril­las as well as their health and well­be­ing,” Seguya said.

He said as a World Her­itage Site, Bwindi Im­pen­e­tra­ble Na­tional Park has the high­est pos­si­ble level of con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment.

“The moun­tain go­ril­las are re­spond­ing to these ideal cir­cum­stances by giv­ing birth,” Seguya said.

At more than 450 in­di­vid­u­als, and grow­ing, Bwindi has the largest num­ber of moun­tain go­ril­las found any­where in the world.

The area con­ser­va­tion man­ager, UWA, Pon­tius Ezuma said this is Bus­inza’s sec­ond birth in two years.

“Bus­inza first gave birth on 14th April 2011. This new baby born on 11th Novem­ber 2016 is her sec­ond,” Ezuma said.

He said with this baby, the group has now in­creased to 17 mem­bers, which said proves the sci­en­tific in­ter-birth in­ter­val for Bwindi as 5 years.

There are 10 groups of ha­bit­u­ated go­ril­las in Bwindi, which is a small num­ber com­pared to the larger num­bers that live in the wild. Less than 900 moun­tain go­ril­las are left in the world, and only found in Uganda (over 50%), and the rest in Rwanda and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo. So, ev­ery sin­gle birth is a rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion.

Bwindi Im­pen­e­tra­ble Na­tional Park is found in the South­ern West­ern part of Uganda and is one of the UNESCO World Her­itage sites with the in­creas­ing num­ber of births of moun­tain go­ril­las.

We be­lieve that the pris­tine and safe habi­tat is the cru­cial link in the sur­vival of the go­ril­las as well as their health and well-be­ing

AN­OTHER BUN­DLE OF JOY: The new baby was born to Bus­inza, an adult fe­male in the Rushe­gura moun­tain go­rilla fam­ily.

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