Bwindi gorilla family loses Silverback

Mishaya silverback

Silverback Mishaya

It is with regret that we share the news that the dominant leader of the Mishaya Gorilla Group in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was reported dead last week.  Mishaya died after a short illness, according to the top wildlife officials.

In 28 years, Silverback Mishaya had lived only half his life in the Bwindi National Park in southwestern Uganda. He was part of the Nshongi group untili July 2010 when he decided to establish its own family. He has been known as a fighter to defend his family from intruders and seeking new areas for the family to feed.

The lifespan of mountain gorillas is estimated at 50 years, according to Dr. Gladys Kalema, the Director of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH). The death of Mishaya means the loss of a lovely mountain gorilla who was free with tourist and will be missed deeply.

Read more about the mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.