Nkuringo Gorilla Family
Family size: 19 members including 2 silverbacks
The Nkuringo group was named after the Rukiga word for “round hill” and was launched in 2004. One of the most important reasons for their habituation were the problems they created for the local communities by destroying crops and other products. By opening up the gorilla family for visitors, the community could directly benefit from tourism and it formed a protection for the gorillas as well.
This is made up of Nkuringo habituated gorilla group. This family is comprised of 19 individuals and 2 silverbacks.
Nkuringo locally denotes “round hill” a word from the Rukiga language referring to the hill where the family was initially sighted.
Nkuringo gorilla family was launched in 2004 after the two year habituation process. Like earlier said, one of the reasons for the habituation of Nkuringo was their continued venture into the local communities’ gardens feeding on bananas, sweet potatoes and other crops.
The permits were allocated to the local community so that they would directly benefit from tourism till it was later added to the quota managed by the Uganda Wildlife Austhority. The revenue sharing with the local communities has helped to gain the local’s support to gorilla conservation.
The family was led by the silverback Nkuringo who died in 2008, leaving behind 2 silverbacks in the group. The two silverbacks-Safari and Rafiki were left in the control and eventually Safari took over the leadership. In the same year in November; newborn twin babies Katungi and Muhozi arrived and increased the group more.
The unfortunate bit of it is that Katungi passed on at the age of one and half years as a result of sickness.
Tracking the Nkuringo Family
This group is also known to be demanding in terms of energy and stamina. It features among the breathtaking groups in the park. But exploring it offers the most thrilling experiences of life time. It is also a large troop in southern scenic sector and offers unforgettable encounters.