February 25, 2013
Update on Ugenda, Gushimira and the Three Females
After the interaction Friday morning, the lone silverback Gushimira moved away with Ugenda’s three females. The four gorillas stayed together Saturday and Sunday at about 1 km from Ugenda’s group.
Silverbacks Ugenda and Wageni are gradually recovering from their multiple wounds. Over the weekend, they stayed more or less in the same area with all the infants and juveniles.
This morning (Monday Feb. 25), the two groups interacted again. During the morning both groups slowly moved toward each other’s path. The females were leading Gushimira’s group. Around 11:50 a.m. the groups faced each other. Soon the females rejoined Ugenda’s group, followed by silverback Gushimira.
Infant Sabato immediately moved to mother Kurudi and stayed on her back for most of the time. The other two juveniles, Ubushake and Igitangaza, also stayed close to their mothers, Kanama and Inziza.
The silverbacks exchanged many displays and moved around. Ugenda and Wageni tried to chase Gushimira, but he was still close to the group when the trackers left. Despite a few physical aggressions, no new wounds were recorded by the end of the day.
It is not clear why the interaction is still going on after so many days. Why doesn’t Gushimira move to a different area? Why do the females move with Gushimira, but rejoin Ugenda after a few hours or days with him?
We will keep you posted on the development of this interesting situation.