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Mountain Gorilla Population Census

Mountain Gorilla Population Census

The last mountain gorilla population census in Uganda was carried out in 2006 in which 786 mountain gorillas were recorded in all the three Central African Countries of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in which they are found.

In order to carry out better conservation plans for the highly endangered mountain gorillas, International Gorilla Conservation Program – IGCP is carrying out a census of the gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. The census is expected to run till the 20th of October 2011 in which the population of mountain gorillas is expected to have risen by 26% according to projections from the 2006 population census.

Mr. Stephen Asuma who is the International Gorilla Conservation Program Country representative in Uganda said that it is imperative for Government to help in the sensitization as well as the promotion of gorilla tourism to both local and the international community as this is one way of raising both awareness about the plight of the mountain gorillas as well as the money needed to help in conserving the mountain gorillas.

According to Mr. Asuma in the 2006 census the number of mountain gorillas recorded in Bwindi impenetrable national park were 340 gorillas meaning it has half of the number of mountain gorillas in the wild in Africa.

The only way to ensure the preservation of mountain gorillas in the wild is through tourism, however the fact that they have 97% of our DNA means that they are very susceptible to diseases that humans suffer from. Unlike humans however who have medicines to treat these common illnesses, diseases like Ebola can easily wipe out the mountain population to the point of return.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi national park is carried out at the moment in 6 families with 8 mountain gorilla permits sold per family. However during the months of July and August which are in peak season the permits are usually sold out. A gorilla safari in Bwindi is actually the number one Uganda tourism attraction.

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