An adult female gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda has died under mysterious circumstances. The female, named Kasongo, was from the Mubare gorilla family, which is habituated and visited by tourists.
On the evening of March 6th, Kasongo was found dead on public land near the Bwindi Park headquarters in Buhoma. Dr. Ssebide of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project performed a post-mortem examination, results from which showed that Kasongo had a cracked skull, which could have resulted from a deliberate blow to the head. An investigation into her death has been launched by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Little else is known about the circumstances surrounding Kasongo’s death at this time. IGCP Uganda Programme Officer James Byamukama is following the investigation, and will report any new findings when they are available. IGCP will continue to follow this story, and will report updates when we know more.
The goal of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is to ensure the conservation of mountain gorillas and their regional afromontane forest habitat in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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