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UWA welcomes new baby to Mukiza family

The Uganda Wildlife Authority has on Monday morning confirmed the birth of a new baby gorilla in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

According to Wildlife Authority, the newest addition was produced by a female Gorilla named Mugwere from the Mukiza gorilla.

The Authority Senior communications Officer, Bashir Hangi confirmed the news of the new baby gorilla but declined the sex of the baby.

“The baby was born on Sunday August 7th, and the authorities are yet to determine its sex because the mother is too protective to it,” said Mr Bashir Hangi.

He added that the birth of the new baby has now increased the number of gorillas in the Mukiza gorilla family to 28 individuals.

“The increasing number of the family will likely make the authority split it into two groups very soon,” he said.

Mountain gorillas are considered endangered with just over 1000 left in the world and more than half of them live in Bwindi.

Admiring them has a price, it costs more than 1,000 dollars and requires long hour of walking, all worth it for a tourist.

The addition therefore brings a hope of mountain gorillas preservation that in turn attracts tourists and related activities like gorilla trekking among others.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority is a semi-autonomous Ugandan government agency that aims to conserve, manage and regulate Uganda’s wildlife.

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