Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, July 21, 20122

From. Dr. Fred in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: I went to Bitukura gorilla group on July 21 for a routine health monitoring. The evening before, the gorillas had had an interaction with the wild non-habituated group that resulted in a fight. The fight had taken place in Bitukura River area. They had abandoned their first nesting place in this area. Due to this interaction, the group had moved a long distance from the previous day’s observation area and we found them in the area of Hamufa. They looked exhausted, sleepy, and hungry in the morning. The group was together in the same area and some chest-beating from a wild group could be heard from a distance. Activity on arrival to the gorillas: Some individuals were feeding while others rested. During my observation time: 1. Ndahura (dominant silverback) was lying down at first and feeding on soft leaves of Urera. He was not actively feeding and his stomach was half full. On close observation, his lower lips sagged abit. The left lower canine tooth was loosely hanging in the gum. He used his tongue to lick the affected tooth. He used the right cheek during chewing. His hair-coat was fine with no wounds. He moved lazily with the females and infants. 2. Karamuzi (old silverback) was lying down and looking sleepy. He had a small tear wound on his left ear. He had several scratch wounds on his arms. His stomach was also half full. He fed little and we left him resting. 3. Twakire (sub-adult male) was found resting in the tree and later came down. He looked exhausted and tired. During feeding he used his right hand more than his left one. His hair-coat and skin had no visible injuries. 4. Mugisha (blackback) was equally having a tired look. He had a small wound on his left foot. His stomach was not full. 5. The adult females and their infants were found up in trees near Ndahura on our arrival. They came down and were feeding during observation. 6. Rukumu (silverback) and Rukara (silverback) were with the group. They moved close to each other and showed less signs of fatigue. Rukumu had a healing wound on his left leg. The gorillas fed during the observation time and we left them close to the main trail. This is the same area where they had another fight with a wild non-habituated group 1 month ago. Close monitoring of Ndahura and Karamuzi will be continued and if anything reported to us for further assessment.
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WildLife_Rules!: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, July 21, 20122
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, July 21, 20122
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