@gorilla_organization was very saddened to learn of the death of Kanyonyi, the lead Silverback of the Mubare Group in #Bwindi this weekend.
It is believed #Kanyonyi had previously fallen from a tree injuring his hip leaving him unable to fully defend himself against a lone Silverback who attacked in his weakened state.
Kanyonyi was know to The Gorilla Organization since he was born 20 years ago. Our trustee, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka had previously operated on his sister, Kahara, who got her name from her love of babysitting Kanyonyi.
Kanyonyi went on to become the lead Silverback of the group following the death of his father, Ruhondeza, in 2012.
Ruhondeza was the lead #Silverback of the first gorilla group to be habituated for tourism in Bwindi.
Kanyonyi's name will live on however, through Gorilla Conservation Coffee, who's social enterprise supports famers living around Bwindi. Their first coffee blend produced was named Kanyonyi and is an everlasting symbol of the gorilla conservation taking place at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park since tourism began in 1993.
#gorilla #mountaingorilla #bwindi #bwindiimpenetrablenationalpark #coffee #silverback #conservation #thegorillaorganization
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