Bageni family is located in the heart of Virunga national park – Bukima and Gatovu sectors, and one of the most calm and peaceful families to track in D.R. Congo.
Virunga is D.R. Congo’s oldest and largest conservation area located in the north – east province near Uganda and Rwanda boarder. Due to its biological diversity and richness, the park has faced a great deal of challenges, ranging from poaching, civil conflicts / militias, illegal mining, human-wildlife conflicts, etc. But nevertheless, the park has maintained its fame and popularity given the many conservation efforts put in place by government and other Non – governmental bodies to protect and preserve the uniqueness of this world heritage site.
Virunga national park is home to eight gorilla families, including Rugendo, Mapuwa, Lulengo, Munyaga, Nyakamwe, Bageni, Humba and Kabirizi gorilla groups.
Of all the eight families, Bageni is the largest with up to 30 members. These are led by silverback Bageni who has been at the throne of the family since its formation in January 2013. Silverback Bageni is responsible for the daily movements of the group, as well as offering protection against any attacks, searching for food, etc.
Bageni family was formed in January 2013, following a split between silverback Bageni and Kabirizi family (his father). Bageni left with the majority numbers, up to 20 members including Mapendo – his mother.
Tracking this family is not quite hard as it is located near the park headquarters, and visitors have a chance of moving for only 1 hour or even less until they meet the family.