Mountain gorillas are regarded as the second close cousins to man after the chimpanzee and they share almost 97% of human genes. Over the past years these apes where threatened most especially by humans who used to hunt them for trade meat and medicines and deforestation for settlement and agriculture was the order of the day, alongside other threats like diseases, among others that resulted into their decline in number. However people have made an extra effort to help their cousins, and now the results are proving to be positive. This is as a result to the new information coming from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), according to the new results the population of these endangered mountain apes has risen in the last two-three years from 880 to 900. However much they are still endangered but thanks should go to the conservationists including the governments where these apes live that’s Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo, thanks should also go to the ministry of tourism, the local community especially those who live near the parks, the ranger guides who monitor these apes 24/7 and also the tourism police.
Mountain gorillas are the only great apes experiencing a population increase but all this is due to intensive conservation efforts and successful community engagement. Mountain gorillas live in a population of from 6-30 individuals, the leader of the group is a dominant older male who organizes the group for hunting and nesting. This male can weigh up to 500 pounds and stand nearly 6 feet tall. Often he will have silver hair on his back, marking his senior age and dominance within the group. In Uganda these apes are found in two parks that’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park, Uganda inhabit the highest percentage of these apes with a population of over 480 individuals and the majority live in Bwindi impenetrable national park and most of the tracking experience are conducted in Bwindi N.P, the park has 11 habituated gorilla family and two gorilla families for research, Mhahinga has only one group.
Rwanda gorillas are located in the Volcanoes national park in the norther part of Rwanda, the park offers the best gorillas experience with 10 habituated gorilla families and two groups for research, sometimes Rwanda is known as the best gorilla safari destination in the world. The Democratic Republic of Congo has 7 habituated gorilla group , but trackers prefer to track in five gorilla families, mountain gorillas are tracked in Virunga National Park. Although tracking in different countries but the experience remains the same.
There is no interesting adventurous experience in the world than a magical encounter with these endangered apes as it involves moving deep in to the forest while searching for them. Many gorilla tracking safaris are conducted in all of these three countries and we organize gorilla safari packages to all those countries, just book with we shall take you through the wild and have a long time experience