Uganda’s Great Apes in Growth

November 14, 2012

Silverback Gorilla, Bwindi, Uganda - Photo by Weeden

The total population of critically endangered mountain gorillas worldwide has risen to 880. These greatest of great apes are found only in the rainforest-swathed mountains of southern Uganda and the Virunga Massif area, which spans part of Rwanda, Uganda and neighbouring DRC.

The world population of mountain gorillas has increased from an estimated 786 gorillas in 2010, after the results of last year’s census of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park were released today by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Female Gorilla in Bwindi - Photo by Weeden

According to WWF, the mountain gorillas are the only great ape that is seeing an increase in numbers, largely due to the significant contribution made to their conservation by revenue raised from gorilla permits, and the way local communities have been successfully integrated into the tourism economy, as well as benefiting from specific community projects like boreholes or schools.

Mountain Gorilla, Bwindi - Photo by Weeden

The 2011 Uganda gorilla census has confirmed that a total of 400 mountain gorillas currently live in Bwindi – in a total of 36 separate gorilla families – up to 11 of which can now be tracked by visitors to the area looking for the ultimate primate encounter. Only 8 permits are released per group per day, so despite the increase in numbers, it remains one of the most unique and sought-after wildlife experiences in the world.

To meet one of the 36 gorilla families surviving in Uganda, why not book a last minute gorilla trekking safari – we’re giving away a free permit to anyone booking on the Authentic Uganda tour leaving on 2nd December 2012. Effectively, this is equivalent to a $500 discount off the price of the tour per person.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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