Virunga welcomes yet another newborn mountain gorilla

Mother Bavanyuma with her latest newborn, a male. Bavanyuma last gave birth in 2014. 

In Virunga National Park, the good news just keeps coming. In late February, rangers discovered the 8th newborn mountain gorilla in less than two months. This time the birth occurred in the Lulengo family. The mother, Bavanyuma, gave birth to a boy and both are doing marvelously well. Bavanyuma’s other offspring are  an adult female named Bagambe and a juvenile named Kighana. Bagambe currently lives with the Rugendo group, which is the result of a past interaction between the two families. The Lulengo family now stands at 10 members.

Although the latest spate of births leads one to believe that mountain gorilla births happen all the time, they typically occur far less frequently. In this family, Maganya was the last to give birth and that occurred in July 2017. Prior to that, one has to go all the way back to 2014 to find a birth in the Lulengo family.

Silverback Lulengo, pictured with another of his offspring, is a very affectionate and caring father. 

Two youngsters looking to spend some quality time with their father, Lulengo.

If you would like to take part in making sure that Virunga’s mountain gorillas continue their remarkable recovery, please consider supporting the work of the rangers. And, with Virunga ranger Angèle Nzalamingi running the London Marathon on April 22nd, the best way to make the most of your donation is to give in the days leading up to her run.

If you are a US taxpayer, you can make a donation directly through Virunga Fund Inc.’s website.

For all other countries, please donate via Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can also maximize your donation using Gift Aid (25p will be given to every £1 you give).

 

 

 

 

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