• Evelyn Nakazi

Uganda sees a steady growth in Gorilla population

 Uganda sees a steady growth in Gorilla population from 400 to 459, from the recent population census of 16th December 2019 report.

Bwindi impenetrable national park of the nshongi and muyambi families received new additions to their families as reported on the 9th may 2020 by the national conservation body, Uganda wild life authority.

This double bundle of joy, not all to the conservers but to many stake holders, some of whom are tour operators, brings immense joy as we see the steady growth.

Not only did we receive the recent births but also in the month of march we received an additional baby gorilla to the family of Mishaya, in the same Bwindi impenetrable national park.

We can with confidence confirm the growth of numbers in the Gorilla population is 459 from 400 of the recent census by Greater Virunga transbondary collaboration of 16th December 2019. Who were working with an earlier population of 459 gorillas.

With the growth in numbers we would like to add our voices to applaud all the team in conservation for all efforts and expertise to see this steady increase. Did you know a gorilla gestation period is 8.5 months just 2 weeks short of Human gestation? Well there you are;

Would you want to trek gorillas? Below are the steps to follow;

  1. Do back ground knowledge or research, by reading all facts abound gorillas and where they are found

  2. After research you plan, this involves

(i)                  Setting dates

(ii)                Reaching out to your preferred tour operator

(iii)              Booking and confirming a gorilla safari

  1. Travel to the destination

  2. Arrival at destination

  3. Gorilla briefing on the dos and don’ts

  4. Tracking which is between 2-8hrs

  5. Stay with the gorillas for just 1hr( for their safety and conservation)

  6. Trek back

  7. End of gorilla tracking safari