Mountain Gorilla conservation in Uganda

Mountain Gorilla conservation in Uganda, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda inhabit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

There over 1000 Mountain Gorillas that is left in the world, in Democratic Republican of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Efforts have been put hand in hand to conserve the Mountain Gorillas, not only Gorillas bring tourists but also they contribute to the well being of the local communities. Uganda Wildlife Authority shares their program.

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Mountain Gorilla’s conservation supports the Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC0 since 1997.

There is a research station which is established as a field station of Mbarara University carrying out the research on Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The research is led by Martha Robbins of the Max Planck Research institute, giving the insights the similarities and differences in ecologies of the Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Virunga volcanoes.

Bwindi Impenetrable National park performs in changing the local community, in attitude and behavior. There is great improvement in connection with the Uganda Wildlife Authority employees   and the community.

There was little reeducation in illegal activities in the park despite large investments of funding.

Projects are not targeting people involved in illegal activities because people are poor to benefit from the interventions.

Monitoring populations of growth of wild mountain Gorillas, which are currently  supported by ITFC in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Main threats to Mountain Gorillas in Uganda,

Mountain Gorillas   are protected in Uganda, for the sake Tourism; Mountain Gorillas have a large impact in generating foreign, exchange than any other activity in Uganda. Mountain Gorilla tourism supports the conservation of other National park and reservation in Uganda.

The poachers attempt to capture infant Gorillas for pet dogs, meat, kill many adult Gorillas in the infant groups. Gorillas fall in snares which are set for antelopes; often they lose either hand or foot. Diseases have become a huge threat to the Mountain Gorillas. Gorillas face very susceptible to human illnesses and in captivity to receive vaccinations as children.

Option for wild Mountain Gorillas and tour operators need to take precautions to ensure that tourists do not transmit any harmful diseases.

Mountain Gorilla conservation, are subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla which includes the Gorilla in Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Gorillas in the Mist” mountain Gorillas are the ones of the success conservation increasing from 1000 Gorillas in the early 2000s to 900 current date. Mountain Gorillas live in family groups their led by a silverback male with several females and their young ones. Gorillas feed on herbaceous vegetation including the thistles and nettles, with simple bamboo in excited groups when producing new shoots.

Females start their reproduction system at the age of 9-12 years and weaned at 3-4 years. Males often live the group when they reach adult hood, they develop the silverback at the age of 12 years, and they will fight to take over or start up their own group/family.

Uganda conserves two Gorilla National parks, Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National park which are found in the Virunga Volcanoes.

Uganda, Rwanda and DRC, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mountain Gorillas support the research and conservation activities in Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda and DRC into 1970s and 1980s.

Bwindi impenetrable forest was discovered not only to carry out survey on Mountain Gorillas but also other endemic and threatened species.

There approximately 800 individuals in the Virunga Volcanoes and 700 in Bwindi in 1960.The habitat loss and hunting is caused by a big number in the Virunga Volcanoes  and the waging wars.

The research station was established as a field station of Mbarara University carrying out research on mountain Gorillas that inhabit the park of Bwindi impenetrable National park, the research has led to the difference in ecologies of the Gorillas in Bwindi and Virunga Volcanoes.

The main Threats to Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Mountain Gorillas are protected in Uganda, however their threatened.

There is Mountain Gorilla Tourism generates more foreign currency than any other activity in Uganda.


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