The Virunga Mountains, which straddle the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, are home to over 600 mountain gorillas. The world’s smallest population of mountain gorillas, a subspecies of the eastern gorilla, is divided into two, and scientists have debated whether they can be two separate subspecies. Just over half live in the Virunga Mountains, a series of extinct volcanoes bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The rest is in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Since the discovery of the subspecies mountain gorilla in 1902, its population has gone through years of war, hunting, habitat destruction, and such severe disease threats that it was once believed that the species could survive until the end of the 20th century. be extinct by the 20th. Mountain gorillas are threatened with extinction — according to the latest census results (which are released every 5-10 years), there are an estimated 1,063 in the wild. Mountain gorillas live in east-central Africa in just two isolated groups — one in the Virunga volcanoes (a region that includes 3 national parks in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)) and one in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, which is connected to the Sarambwe Nature Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo is. An average silverback gorilla can weigh up to 180 kg (that’s almost 30 stone) and 170 cm (over 5 feet high on all fours).
In contrast, female mountain gorillas weigh 90 kg and measure up to 150 cm (4′). The probability of seeing eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega and mountain gorillas in Virunga is very high. The war in Rwanda in the early 1990s and the years of unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sent waves of refugees to the region around the Virunga mountain parks, home to more than half of the mountain gorilla population, leading to poaching and destruction of gorilla habitat. Mountain gorillas can only survive in the wild, so trekking to their native forests is your only chance to catch a glimpse.
Gorillas that come into contact with humans may be susceptible to human diseases, which occur in more severe forms in gorillas. Mountain gorillas live only in the dense vegetation of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and along the dormant volcanic Virunga mountain range that spans Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another potential issue is another potential issue as it can affect mountain gorilla behavior and health. About 8.8 to 12 million years ago, the group of primates that were to evolve into gorillas split off from their common ancestors with humans and chimpanzees. At this time, the genus Gorilla originated.
Add to that the high altitude and challenging terrain, and gorilla trekking in Uganda promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. The primates are found in Monte Alen National Park, but gorilla tourism is not yet well developed and there is no usual gorilla group in a park with very dense forest. A gorilla permit is a document that is issued to you upon receipt of payment and allows you to spend an hour with mountain gorillas. books, however, a gorilla safari vacation in one of the three countries love to spend more time or hours with familiar mountain gorillas.
As there is little choice, people enter mountain gorilla forests to collect water and firewood, putting gorillas at risk from human contact and disease. Called the “cradle of man,” Africa has several primate species, but history has it that science began on 17. October 1902 learned of the existence of mountain gorillas as a subspecies of eastern gorillas.