13 Gorilla Group (aka Agasha Gorilla Group) Gorilla Family in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park
When first habituated this Agasha gorilla group had only 13 members hence its name. Now the group has approximately 25 members: 1 Silverback; 12 Adult females; 2 Sub adult female; 3 Juvenile and 7 Babies.
Formerly this gorilla group was commanded by Nyakarima who was challenged by Agashya meaning “the news”. Agashya indeed made news by first watching and estimating Nyakarima’s strengths and eventually challenging him to a fierce fight by taking off with his whole group. This was a shock to Nyakarima and an unprecedented event in observed gorilla history. Agashya then moved up the volcano to secure his group and make sure Nyakarima did not track them. Agashya has since increased his group’s numbers by snatching from other groups and assimilating other lone gorillas, rapidly increasing the group from 12 to 25 individuals.
Agashya gorilla group is known, at the first sign of trouble, to take his whole group up to the top of the volcano. Once, while we were taking a group of tourists to see Group 13 this exact scenario unfolded. Agashya felt that there was another silverback who was about to challenge him. In response, he took the group up the volcano. Every time we thought we were close to see them, Agashya would move the group further uphill. We did not reach them until the very top, where we finally got a chance to see them. By the time we got back to the car we had walked for 12 hours. While it was an exhausting day, it was magical to see gorillas at the top the world.
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Volcanoes National Park has 13 habituated gorilla groups for gorilla trekking but all gorilla groups are uniquely different in the way they behave with tourists.
The tracking skill level can be difficult depending on the location of the Agasha Gorilla Family Group on that day.
They are most often found in the gentle foothills slopes of Mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga.