Uganda Records High Gorilla Baby Boom Amid COVID 19
Conservation in Africa has had its share of positivity and threats too. In Uganda, Gorillas have been recorded to give birth to quite an impressive number.
Announcing the latest birth, the UWS said: “The Rushegura gorilla family welcomes another bouncing cute baby gorilla”.
Seven babies have been born since January compared to three for the whole of 2019, according to the UWS.
Mountain gorillas are endangered with just over 1,000 in existence.
Bashir Hangi, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), said there was no clear reason as to why there had been a sudden spate of births, but ruled out any effect of coronavirus lockdown measures because gorillas have a gestation period of about nine months.
“The birth of new mountain gorillas is testimony to Uganda’s successful conservation efforts,” Sam Mwandha, UWA executive director, said in a statement.
The gorilla — known as Rafiki, which means “friend” in Swahili — was part of the famed Nkuringo gorilla group.
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