Statistics show that tourism is one of the factors that have led t the increase of mountain gorillas in Uganda. Recent figures show that the population of Uganda’s mountain gorillas has grown to over 400 in total. This means that the number of mountain gorillas in Africa has increased to 880, which is good news for conservationists who have been trying to save the endangered gorillas from extinction.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is done nearly to half of the world’s mountain gorillas that have remained in the wild. This has helped to develop the tourism industry in Uganda, and it has become a source of stability for the nation that depends on tourism revenues for its overall development. After Uganda, the rest of the surviving mountain gorillas are located in Congo and Rwanda.
The increase in the population of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is testimony to the sound natural resource management policies that are being implemented in the protected areas. This confirms beyond reasonable doubt that Uganda’s conservation efforts are paying off, thus this has increased gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.
Most of the conservation efforts in the nation are focused on the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a network of jungle forests deep in the country’s south-western frontier. The national forest is recognised by UNESCO as a heritage site of world value.
A permit to track gorillas at the national park costs at least USD500, and the World Wildlife Fund estimates that each gorilla brings in up to USD1m in revenue each year for Uganda. Even though some of the local population had earlier hunted gorillas, Ugandan wildlife officials have been able to build successful partnerships with local communities by helping local projects and converting previously hostile groups into friendly advocates for the gorillas’ survival.
Uganda Safaris/ Uganda Safari News
Prime Uganda safaris & Tours updates 2013