The Mubare group was the first gorilla group to be habituated for tourism in Uganda, named after the Mubare hills where the first habituated group was found (the literal translation being stony or rocky). Habituation of Mubare commenced on October 15, 1991 and the group received its first official visitors two years later on October 13, 1993.
At habituation, the group had 12 individuals, in 1996 growing to 18 individuals. Unfortunately today the group has lessened to a group of only five: Ruhondeza, the lead silverback, Kashundwe and her juvenile son Muyambi, Kanyonyi (BB) and Malaika (JUV).
Through this time, Mubare fought many wild groups, attempting to safeguarded its members but in silence lost several individuals to wild groups. For example, Makare that broke away from Katendegyere group which is now completely disintegrated sustained 5 fights and took only 2 individuals. After each of these fights, Mubare moved for a moment to areas around the park office what park staff referred to as reporting. Because of these numerous fights, the group changed its range to its current range in areas around the park office and Mukono Parish.
Unfortunately, since 1996, Mubare group has been plummeting. For indistinct causes infancy mortality soared. For example, Bukumu, the oldest female in the group at the time had 5 failed young until she also disappeared possibly dieing of old age. Two blackbacks along with Bob also disappeared.
Mubare group is now composed of 5 individuals namely: Ruhondeza, the lead silverback, Kashundwe and her juvenile son Muyambi, Kanyonyi (BB) and Malaika (JUV).
Although it has been reported that gorillas only feed on the pith of the banana plant, this group of recent has been observed to be removing the peels and feeding the fruit before it is ripe.
Mubare group gets together peacefully with other habituated groups like Habinyanja without any fight.