Mountain gorillas in Rwanda
There are ten families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and available for visits by the public (whilst others are habituated for scientific research purposes only) . Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many and four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.
- Susa is the largest group with 38 gorillas. They’re hardest to trek as they tend to range high into the mountains. They have rare 5 year old twins named Byishimo and Impano.
- Sabinyo has 17 members Sabyinyo is an easily accessible group led by the powerful silverback Guhonda.
- Amahoro has 19 gorillas, led by teh calm and easy going Ubumwe. To reach Amahoro it’s usually a fairly steep climb but it is well worth it!
- Agashya formerly known as Group 13 has 22 members - a very positive sign for conservation.
- Kwitonda has 23 members led by Akarevuro, originally habituated in DRC so they tend to range quite far making it a moderately difficult trek.
- Umubano is a family of 13, who broke off from Amahoro with leader, Charles,
- Hirwa has 18 members and only fairly recently formed from former Group 13 and Sabyinyo family members. They are led by Munyinya.