Nshongi Gorilla Family
Family size: 36 members including 5 silverbacks
Nshongi is the largest group ever habituated and was officially launched in September 2009. It was named after the river Nshongi, close to the place where the gorilla family was first seen. Although most gorilla families usually consist of 25 members with one or two silverbacks, this family is a rare exception. Another remarkable fact is that the group is led by Nshongi, who is not even the oldest silverback in the family.
Note: This gorilla group split into two: the Nshongi group of 26 gorillas and the newly formed Mishaya group with 10 individuals
The Nshongi Family features as the biggest gorilla troop having reached a size of 36 members. After the split of Mishaya, the group reduced to 26 members and later still disintegrated. Today there are 19 individuals.
The group was officially visited by tourists on a gorilla safari in September 2009.
It derived its name from River Nshongi where the group was found. The group is headed by Nshongi who is not the oldest silverbacks in the group and that the three silverbacks and 7 black backs live peacefully with one another.
In July 2010, the troop broke and remained 26 individuals with the other split making the current Mishaya family.
In 2013 the group further broke and reduced to 18 with the new split creating the current Bweza group with 10 individuals. Besides mountain gorillas, there are also other apes, birds and butterflies for you to catch a glimpse while on safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.