Rushegura Gorilla Family
Family size: 19 members including 1 silverback
The Rushegura gorilla family is another incredible family that broke off from Habinyanja and it was led by Mwirima silverback around 2002. This group derived its name from a local word Ebishegura flora. It consists of 19 individuals with silverback gorilla Kabukojo.
The Rushegura gorilla family was brought together in 2002, after one of the silverbacks from the Habinyanja group decided to break away. They started with 12 individuals including 5 females. This “Habinyanya 2 group” quickly received a new name, that derives from “Ebishegura” – a tree specie that was abundant in the home area of the new family. The Rushegura group is a calm family.
Visit the Rushegura Family
This group was led by Mwirima at the time of splitting from the Habinyanja family in 2002. Unfortunately Mwirima died in 2014 at about 35 years and the silverback leading the group is Kabukojo.
Mwirima (meaning darkness) was given his name because of his dark face. He split from the habituated Habinyanja group with 13 others on February 13, 2002, which marked the beginning of his own family called Rushegura.
The Habinyanja group comprises of 14 individuals. They began with 12 members including five females. In the past, the group has been known to cross the border and venture in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo but came back in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
This roams not far from Buhoma village and sometimes even wander through the gardens of the lodges.