Wonderful news from the Mapuwa family of mountain gorillas


It is with great joy that we announce the birth of a new baby into the Mapuwa family. Sekibibi and a team of fellow rangers were monitoring the family, which is currently living at Nyarutembe near the Bharati patrol post, when they noticed that a female was carrying a newborn baby. At first, the team had a difficult time identifying the mother, but later determined her to be Jicho. This is Jicho’s fourth child after blackback Mambo born on 17/07/2001, sub-adult Sebutimbiri born on 17/12/2005, and juvenile Vilavu born on 30/12/2009.


It should be noted this birth came after several interactions with the Lulengo family and after a two-day split in the Mapuwa family. Despite the instability, all members of the Mapuwa family – now numbering 19 – are still moving as one family unit. Their current composition is as follows: two silverbacks, two blackbacks, five adult females, three sub-adults, one juvenile and five babies. Please join me in welcoming the newest arrival to the Mapuwa family!


  1. Danielle S. Pierre August 28, 2016 Reply

    This makes me so happy! Thank you to all of the rangers who risk there life to save these incredible beings. My heart and prayers are with you.. The world is dark, but these animals have so much to show us… We are all a part of the chain of life, one cannot exist without the other. I hope this gorilla family grows even stronger. Congratulations!

  2. Gorilla Tours May 4, 2017 Reply

    Wow! This was remarkable to the Mapuwa family. By the way, how many gorilla families does DRC have now?

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    Robert Williams May 12, 2017 Reply

    There are eight habituated families in Virunga: Munyaga, Kabirizi, Bageni, Humba, Mapuwa, Nyakamwe, Lulengo and Rugendo.

  4. Francoise Vulpe July 23, 2017 Reply

    Every birth is a cause for great celebration!

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