MUCHUNGUZI - JUVENILE
Name: Muchunguzi (aka Bakunda)
Meaning of name: Rukiga for ‘saviour’: Named this because his trusting ways towards the trackers helped gain the trust of the adult gorillas.
Age: Between 3 and 5 years
Who’s yo daddy? Nshongi, or Mishaya or Kakono
Who’s yo mama? Uncertain
Gorillas are not the performing artists of the animal kingdom. Seals jump hoops; Indian elephants stand on stools; but you’ll never find a mountain gorilla as part of a circus entourage.
Somebody please alert this little gorilla. With the dense forest foliage acting as his stage, he cavorts, pirouettes, swings from branch to branch, thumps his chest and basically announces to whoever may care: “Look at me, look at me!”
This one-gorilla-welcome service will most likely be the first of the Nshongi family you’ll encounter when you come a-calling on your friends in the forest.