Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says.
The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park with “gross lesions” on their bodies indicating electrocution.
The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) called this a “big loss for the species”.
There are just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence.
The species is restricted to protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
The four that died were part of a 17-member group, which has been called the Hirwa family by the authorities.
Members of the Hirwa group were photographed in 2012
The Hirwa group had crossed the border from Rwanda into Uganda last year and had been living in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park.
Mgahinga is in the Virunga Massif range of mountains which straddle the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.
“This was extremely sad,” Andrew Seguya, executive secretary of the GVTC, told the BBC.
“The potential of the three females for their contribution to the population was immense,” Dr Seguya said.
He added that the 13 surviving members of the Hirwa family have been found and are feeding well.
Samples from the post-mortem are currently being tested and confirmation of the cause of death is expected within the next three weeks, GVTC said.
In 2018, the mountain gorilla was removed from the list of critically endangered species, after intensive conservation efforts, including anti-poaching patrols, paid off.
- If any person should be prosecuted over Saglemi, it should be E. T. Mensah – Stan Dogbe
- Volta, Bono, Bono East regions emerge as Covid-19 hotspots
- UG to cough up $165m judgment debt for abrogating Africa Integras partnership
- 10 more deaths recorded in Ghana’s Covid-19 fight
- Stop rolling out new projects until all existing ones are completed – Mahama tells government
- Playback: NPP commemorates 29-year anniversary
- Oliver Barker-Vormawor calls for the dissolution of the ‘corrupt 4th republic’
- Founders’ Day: We must work to free ourselves from colonial power that binds us – Akufo-Addo
- Michael Jai White loses oldest son to Covid-19
- Today’s front pages: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Government is on course to fix challenges of the country – Akufo-Addo
Kissi Agyebeng is new Special Prosecutor
2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged
Motorists and passengers stranded as Kumasi-Cape Coast highway is blocked to traffic
Tokyo 2020: USA hold off Australia in seven-goal thriller to win Olympic bronze
Leicester’s Fofana suffers broken leg in friendly
Aston Villa sign Ings from Southampton
I don’t regret appointing Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor – Akufo-Addo
We work hard for moments like this – Joseph Amoah admits after Ghana reaches 4×100 final
#FixTheCountry demonstration: The emotions and placards
Ghanaian engineer builds power bank for laptops, phones, light bulbs
Playback: Akufo-Addo swears in Kissi Agyebeng as new Special Prosecutor
Saglemi saga: Former Housing Minister, Collins Dauda granted self-recognisance bail
Parliament’s Privileges Committee calls off Ken Agyapong hearing
Nana Frema Busia: K. A. Busia would support #FixTheCountry!