KAMUNGA – ADULT FEMALE
Meaning of name: Kamunga is one of the Rukiga words for lame..
Age: Estimated at about 30 years
Who’s yo daddy? Father unknown
Who’s yo mama? Mother unknown
Strictly speaking, Kamunga is not lame, but she is handicapped in that several fingers on her right hand stick out and cannot bend. The elderly silverback Rukumu also suffers the same stiffness of finger. One has to wonder what could have caused this. Whereas some gorillas have been noted to have missing limbs, fingers and toes from forest accidents; stiffness and immobility of fingers, especially found in two family members could be an inherited trait. Point to ponder about your friend.
Kamunga is the second highest ranking female. She is very bold and would not hesitate to charge the trackers during habituation. She has since mellowed toward them.
Kamunga is the mother of the infant Kadogo.