The mountain gorillas are the world’s most endangered species. This specie of Ape is only in small portions of protected Afromontane forests in northwest Rwanda, southwest Uganda and Eastern DRC. The mountain gorilla is one of many species unique to these forests. The forests are also home to many wonderful birds, primates, large mammals, reptiles, insects and plants and also ensure continued water to the local communities. The Mountain Gorillas are divided into two populations and current figures estimate the total population to be about 700 individuals. One of the populations is found in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in south western Uganda covering 330 km and other in the Virunga Volcano Range, Covering an approximate total of 450 km2. The Virunga is ecologically homogeneous (same flora and fauna covering three contagious national parks in three countries.
Mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. Strict adherences to the following rules by those planning to do a mountain gorilla safari will therefore limit health risks to gorillas:
Before departing on your gorilla trekking or gorilla tracking tour
En route to trekking the gorillas
When you are with the gorillas
Remember that mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following rules are ways to minimize the risk your visit might pose to them:
Source: Uganda Wildlife Authority – www.uwa.org