Brief About Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Moun­tain goril­las are a major rea­son why 1000s of tourists con­sid­er East African safaris a must-do. A trek to see a fam­i­ly of these unique apes is what many describe as a life-chang­ing expe­ri­ence. Moun­tain goril­las (Goril­la beringei beringei) are a sub-species of the East­ern goril­las, Africa’s most sought-for great apes in the wild. These spe­cial apes are on the IUCN Red list of endan­gered species, and a total of about 1063 still sur­vive with­in the East African jun­gles, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Ugan­da, Rwan­da, and DRC.

As of 2018, the moun­tain goril­la pop­u­la­tion was esti­mat­ed to be 1004, but with strict guide­lines and col­lec­tive efforts to con­serve and pro­tect these large pri­mates, their pop­u­la­tion is grad­u­al­ly increas­ing. Unlike oth­er ani­mal species or pri­mates, moun­tain goril­las don’t live at the zoo. To see them, a goril­la tour to Ugan­da, Rwan­da or DRC should be a must-do in Africa.

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