Another newborn baby found in the Kabirizi group, bringing the total to 4 newborns identified in this group alone. This is quite unprecedented and brings the growth rate of this family close to 30% a year. The natural growth for a healthy gorilla populations is more like 6%. So we’re shocked and delighted at this unexpected turn of events that brings a positive twist to the end of an otherwise incredibly difficult year.
On 2nd December 2012 we discovered four newborn babies, three in the Kabirizi family and one in the Munyaga family. We’ve yet to find the other families, but we have reports of another newborn in the Lulengo family.
It’s quite unprecedented, and very encouraging. Quite extraordinary for the first day of the census.