On Monday 10, September 2012, trackers in Volcanoes National Park discovered the deceased body of Kwitonda a silverback – the dominant male in the Kwitonda group, a gap from his gorilla group. He previously had gone missing from the group since 30th August , and regardless of every day efforts to find him within the dense forest, they didn’t find his body not until Ten days after. Throughout the last number of years the maturing silverback, believed to be around Forty years old, seemed to be showing indications of diminishing health as well as was losing position to the 3 younger silverbacks within the group, who are Magumu, Akarevuro and Kigoma .
Initially formed within Virunga National Park inside the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kwitonda group moved to Rwanda in the year 2003 to flee tension from some other groups. This group hen settled within the region between Mt. Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo , and it is today made up of Twenty three family members. the Kwitonda rapidly turned into a well-liked group to tourists to tour. The silverback was renowned for his peaceful attitude to humans as well as his numerous babies.
Porters transported Kwitonda’s dead body from the forest in order that the Gorilla Doctors may carry out a post mortem examination. Due to the level of decomposition, it wasn’t achievable to figure out the main cause of his death, however the pathologist would even further examine the tissue samples within the next months.
Silverback Akarevuro is today the brand-new leader of the Kwitonda group. Akarevuro gained leadership of this group however the other silverbacks, particularly Kigoma, might challenge sadly his authority.