See the largest silverback in the world, and catch rare and spectacular footage of him beating his chest. Join us on an expedition, and let’s see if we can spot this lively group in their natural surroundings.
This group was formed in 1992, after the death of the leading silverback in group thirteen. At first, it was known as Amavubi, meaning ‘wasps’. That’s because the habituation period was a very challenging time. At the time, the group was composed of three silverbacks: Guhonda, Ryango and Ruhennyi.
When the leader died, some of the remaining silverbacks took the females from group thirteen: Ijisho, Gukunda, Kampanga. Later, they also took Safari and other females from group eleven. The newly-formed group consisted of four females and two silverbacks. The group was then called Sabyinyo, after the mountain where it was first localized.
The group composition keeps changing over the years, depending on the rate of birth, death, and migration. New members come and old members leave every few months, but at the time of writing, there are 11 individuals in the group. This group is special for two things: its leader is the most massive silverback in the world, and it’s also a very kind group. This silverback likes to beat his chest in a spectacular display of power and authority.
N.B.: Mountain gorillas leave their groups for one of two reasons: to avoid inbreeding or to start their own groups.