Gorilla expeditions with Patrick

GORILLA TRACKING IN UGANDA
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This ancient forest in Uganda’s mountainous south western corner boasts an impressive bio diversity with 350 bird species, 310 butterflies, 200 tree species, 51 reptiles, 88 moths, and 120 mammals, including the rare and critically endangered mountain gorillas.

trekking in Bwindi

THERE are very few mountain gorillas remaining for several reasons :-
The size of their remaining habitant is rather small. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is only 330 square kms. They are also found in small areas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This small island of forests is surrounded by some of the mostly densely populated rural areas of the world. Populations ranging between 200-400 people per square kilometre, where people make their living through subsistence farming leading to habitant destruction, poaching and diseases .

SilverbackRita the guide
People living around the national parks in the great Virunga massive do not eat primates, however they do set wire snares to trap bush antelopes and the gorillas get caught in these snares some times.
Also in the recent years there has been increase in the pet trade, and the people involved in the pet business have to kill most of the gorilla family member to capture the babies for pets
, significantly reducing their numbers.

young gorilla

How many are left?
In 2006 there were only about 880. They are critically endangered, mountain gorillas are only found in Bwindi Impenetrable NP and Mgahinda National Parks in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, It is hoped that there has been a slight increase in numbers since then.