Birth Of Rare Gorilla Twins

February 14, 2011

Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi, Uganda, Journeys Discovering AfricaFebruary brought some exciting news from the rangers in Rwanda, as the country welcomed two very special  arrivals. The pair – both boys – were born to Kabatwa, a member of the Hirwa group of gorillas, who is apparently proving to be an excellent mother!

Very few cases of twins have been documented in the wild; in fact this is only the fifth set recorded by Rwanda. Gorilla mothers usually have only one baby every four years or so – one reason why they are so vulnerable – so twins give a rare double gain in one birth.

The population of mountain gorillas increased by more than 25% in Central African Parks between 2003 and 2010. Two thirds live in the Virunga Massif mountain chain that straddles Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The only other place they exist is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.Visit our tours section to find details of our Gorilla tours in both Rwanda and Uganda, and book now to pay a visit to these very special primates…

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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