Mapuwa Family

Travel to Virunga National Park and visit the Mapuwa gorilla family which is composed of 15 individuals of gorillas with 1 silver back and is found in Jomba near Bunagana (Congo-Uganda border). The group is led by a silver back named Mapuwa and has acquired and protected his family by all means even in violent struggle. He was a son of Rugendo and left his father’s camp in 1998 and started his own family. When he left, he took along 2 adult females named Jicho and Mafaze. Continuously, he fought wars to acquire more females like in 2002; he fought with Pili-Pili and acquired 3 individuals from him and leaving him solitary. Consecutive births have occurred until now that the family has 15 individuals.