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Conservation

Gorillas are considered to be the largest living primates and among the top most endangered species on Earth. They have been protected by international laws thus killing of gorillas is ILLEGAL. You should not fall a victim of this.  These primates share a common lineage with humans after Chimpanzees and are our closet living relatives among the world’s apes.

There are several conservation programmes in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP). The it was was declared in 1991 a lot of effort has been put in by the governement and conservation organisations to protect endangered mountain gorillas. There is a great history to learn about gorilla conservation and the general protection of Bwindu Impenetrable National Park.

Just after gazeeting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as a national park, the community of Mukona Parish protested by setting fire to around 10 sq kms of forest. In 1998, the same villagers walked five hours without any remuneration or incentive to put out a fire that had started accidentally, a great lesson to learn from promoting sustainable tourism in Africa. The change of attitude is due to the socio-economic benefits associated with gorilla tourism. More than 60 per cent of people in most communities bordering protected areas of gorilla habitat now feel that they benefit from the forests, and could name several forms of benefit.

Organizations that have conservation of mountain gorillas

Different organizations have been taken a lead in the conservation of mountain gorillas The most noticeable conservation group is the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF).This is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas in Africa and the World as a whole.

Habitats for gorillas

African great apes do live in diverse habitats including lowland tropical forests, montane forests and dry savannas. Gorillas which live in lowland tropical forests build their  nests, they either build on grounds or on tress. They start building nests at the age of three after sharing their mother’s nest.

Gorilla Watching Rules

There are set rules and guidelines to all tourism activities that are done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park so that the mountain gorillas can be conserved. All gorilla safaris are highly regulated and a carrying capacity is highly respected. Only 8 tourists  are allowed to visit a habituated gorilla family in Bwindi.

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