Friday, March 29, 2013

DR Congo: Good news from Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park blogger Ranger Sekibibi reports

Gato’s New Baby - Humba Family

                                                           Gato’s newborn huddles against her back during a storm
By Ranger Sekibibi
A few days ago, I reported the birth of a baby in the Humba family, but at the time, I wasn’t certain about the identity of the mother. I can now tell you the mother is Gato. Another ranger, a HUGO (a community volunteer), and I located the Humba family in the Bizenge area of the Bukima sector. Gato is a very good mother and not without good reason - this is Gato’s fifth baby. Gato’s other offspring are solitary silverback Mukunda, blackback Mahindure who is still part of the family, and young Kanyarwunka and Kanyagara.
                                                           A sweet moment shared between Gato and her baby

                                                                                 Gato’s baby safely in her arms
As you’ll remember from a previous post and can see from the picture below, Gato has a bad eye infection. She has had the infection for quite some time. We are concerned the infection is getting worse and that it might spread to her newborn. Dr. Eddy Syaluha will be coming check up on mother and baby as soon as he can.
                                                        Gato eating to keep up with her baby’s need for milk.

My team that day - from left: Ranger Sekibibi Bereke (me), Ranger Semahore Hishamunda, and community volunteer (HUGO) Hhabimana Musekura
Thanks to all of you that have donated to help us give our gorillas the care and protection they need.
There is bugger all I can actually add to the wildlife blogs of the team at Virunga National Park. These guys are amazing. Why not head over to Gorilla CD and have a read. We African bloggers need to keep in mind that all over the continent there are guys like Ranger Sekibibi Bereke who are getting the job done and they are the people we need to support. 
If I could I could sack the Congolese government and replace it with Emmanuel's team from Virunga I would be confident in predicting better governance for the DR Congo.

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