Southern Sector Warden, Innocent Mburanumwe is pleased to announce there has been another birth in the Bageni family. On March 20th, rangers discovered the newborn clinging to its mother, Karibu. Rangers haven’t been able to determine the baby’s gender yet, but we will keep you posted. This is Karibu’s second child. Her first, Assani, was born in 2013.
For those of you who haven’t been following recent events in the Bageni family, this is especially good news because Mafuko lost both of her newborn twins back in mid-October. Thankfully, females Rwubaka and Gato gave birth shortly after the passing of the twins. With the addition of Karibu’s new baby, the family now has 27 members.
The continuing growth and strength of the Bageni and other mountain gorillas families is reliant upon the ongoing protection of Virunga’s park rangers.
The park is undertaking an ambitious fundraising campaign, with the hopes of raising $1 million for the families of rangers who have given their lives in service to the park, and you can find out more about this effort in this blog from Virunga’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode.
Every donation made to the park until the 27th of April is being matched, and so this is a fantastic opportunity to support the men and women who protect Virunga’s critically-endangered mountain gorillas and other wildlife.
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