New Twin Gorillas Born in Virunga National Park
New twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park are the latest addition to the number of mountain gorillas in the park. On 22nd September 2020, Virunga National Park announced the new additions on their various official social media channels. The new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park are the latest addition to the gorilla family of Nyakamwe. The mother of the new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park named Gato is healthy and so are the new born twin mountain gorillas. Virunga National Park communication specifically read “we’re excited to announce that Gato from the Nyakamwe gorilla family has just given birthed to twins! The newborns and proud mum and dad are all doing well.”
The new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park are a great addition and their birth is not only exciting to the family but to also all stakeholders in the tourism industry especially the administration of Virunga National Park and the Congolese Institute of Nature and Conservation for their efforts in regards to conservation and the protection of the endangered mountain gorillas that are surely paying off. The new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park has the number of mountain gorillas increasing in the park, thereby steadily moving the gorillas from the endangered species list gradually. The new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park are born to Nyakamwe gorilla family, one of the 8 habituated gorilla families in the park. The other gorilla families in Virunga National Park include Bageni gorilla family, Humba, Kabirizi, Lulengo, Munyaga, Mapuwa and Rugendo gorilla families all of which travellers can visit on a gorilla trekking adventure to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Virunga National Park is one of the four gorilla destinations where the endangered mountain gorillas are found with the rest being Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park of Uganda which make part of the Virunga Conservation Area, plus Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda which is not part of the Virunga Massif Area. The Virunga Conservation Area has slightly over 600 mountain gorillas shared by the three gorilla national parks while Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the highest population of mountain gorillas well over 460 individuals.
Gorilla trekking is the main activity that travellers do while in Virunga National Park along with hiking Mount Nyiragongo to see the world’s largest lava lake. With the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) that has and still is ravaging the entire world, the administration of Virunga National Park deemed it crucial to close its gates to visitors for fear that the gorillas would catch the deadly virus since they are very susceptible to all human infections. Gorilla trekking and all other activities in Virunga National Park have since been halted to protect the gorillas and other animals. With tourism slowly reopening worldwide, Virunga National Park will surely open its doors again to tourist for them to enjoy the various activities in Virunga National Park that they love the most. When the park is reopened, which is soon, you will surely see these new twin gorillas in Virunga National Park cuddled up with their protective mother and father, which is if you are allocated to track Nyakamwe gorilla family.
Since the closure of Virunga National Park due to Covid-19 pandemic, a lot has been taking place in the park say the renovations work on the health centre that provides health care services to the park rangers and their families. Not only that, the Virunga park rangers have been carrying out various operations in the park that include clearing snares put up by poachers, freed a baby gorilla that had been trapped in a snare, collected buffalo, cable and nylon snares all over the park. With the funds raised and collected, facilitation of the rangers and protecting and conserving the endangered mountain gorillas and other animals irrespective of the prevailing condition or situation has gone on unaffected. Notable funders are the Europe Aid and the Earth Alliance which has figures like Leonardo DiCaprio contributing handsomely.
The new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park on the 22nd September 2020 are not the only baby gorillas born in the park during the temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 23rd August 2020 saw the birth of a new baby gorilla to the Mapuwa gorilla family, and also 2nd July had a baby gorilla being welcomed in the Baraka gorilla family. All these baby gorillas are perfectly fine and in good health as well as their mothers.
Once the gates of Virunga National Park are opened for tourists again, be sure to encounter these new additions most especially the new twin gorillas born in Virunga National Park. Reach out to your trusted tour operator to be assisted with planning the best Congo safari tour to Virunga National Park.