Three new baby mountain gorillas in Rwanda are welcome news for the region.

Three mountain gorillas – including twins, were born early this month in Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda, bordering Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This is only the second time that twin gorillas have been born in the park since 2004 and only the fifth case recorded in over 40 years of gorilla monitoring in Rwanda.

Twins born to Kabatwa in Volanoes National Park in Rwanda. Photos provided by J. Damascene HAKIZIMANA with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

Twins that were born in the park in 2004 are still thriving, although it is rare for a mother gorilla to be able to look after two babies.