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Last of the Mountain Gorillas

Listed under Wildlife in Uganda.

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This park is the home of half of the world's 600 remaining giant Mountain Gorillas, the rest live in nearby Virunga Volcanoes Conservation Area.

Limited numbers of daily visitors scramble through the equatorial forests, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of these huge primates. There are three groups of gorillas living within the park who are used to visitors, the rest live as they would in the wild. Only six visitors at a time may visit the homes of these groups and for only an hour, so you had better hope they're in.

Mountain Gorillas aren’t the only inhabitants of the forest, there are ten other primate species living in the park, including colubus monkeys, chimpanzees and baboons. The park has been nicknamed The Impenetrable Forest because the terrain is difficult, it’s hot and humid and the jungle is thick, but for many people the chance to see, or even hear or smell, a gorilla is worth the challenge.

Written by  Graeme Harwood.

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Highland Gorillas

I have a suggestion for people that are going. I purchased two gorilla permits before I went. You only get to spend one hour with them so if you are heading all the way over there it is worth going two days in a row. The permits cost around $500.00 a piece but it is a once in a life time experience and worth doing.

Gorilla Safari

Bwindi is located in south-western Uganda on the edge of the western Rift Valley. It is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, containing both montane and lowland forest. About half the world's remaining population of mountain gorillas is found in Bwindi, and there is a huge variety of other animal and bird species.

There is a large variety of trees, dense undergrowth, an extensive stand of bamboo and a number of swamps.

There are currently 2 habituated groups of gorilla. However only 10 permits are issued a day so access is restricted. Fitness is required. The forest is also home to the chimpanzee and blue monkey.

Gorillas, one of man's closest relations, are the largest anthropoid apes of which there are three sub-species. The most common and numerous, the Western lowland gorilla is found in the equatorial forest of Africa's Atlantic coast. The Eastern lowland gorilla lives in the forests of eastern Congo. Rarest of all is the mountain gorilla. Their stronghold is the Virungas and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. There are about 600 mountain gorillas left - one of the most endangered species on earth.

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