With a third baby gorilla born in Uganda in less than 3 months, this can only happen in Uganda! The endangered mountain gorillas have gone on a wild baby boom as yet another mountain gorilla is born in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Found in the southern western part of Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park is a World Heritage site, and a home to half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas.
Barely three months when a baby mountain gorilla was born in the Bushaho gorilla family on 21/08/2016 in Nkuringo and another on 10th September 2016 born in the Bikyingi gorilla group located in Rushaga sector, on 11th November 2016, Businza, which is from Rushegura family in the northern Buhoma sector of the park gave birth to a new baby.
She gave birth in the morning and was seen by a Uganda Wildlife Authority tracker later in the day with the baby and mother in good health.
The increased number of new born gorillas is attributed to consistent and sustained conservation efforts of the mountain gorillas by Uganda wildlife Authority and other wildlife conservationists bodies.
Over the last 10 years, Uganda has been leading in conservation of the mountain gorilla and the pristine and safe habitant is the crucial link in the survival of the gorillas as well as their health and wellbeing.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the highest possible level of conservation management. This coupled with safe and secure environment is evidently showing in the growing number of baby mountain gorillas starting a new life here.
Mountain gorillas are responding to these ideal circumstances by giving birth, with more than 450 individuals and still growing.
There are 13 groups of habituated gorillas for gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park which is a small number compared to the larger numbers that live in the wild. Less than 900 mountain gorillas are left in the world with half of the population only found in Uganda and the other half living in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla Tracking is one way of raising revenues that help in conserving the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. The gorilla tracking permits are sold at a fee which revenue is used to pay off the rangers, the staff, compensating the local neighboring community thereby enticing them from killing the mountain gorillas.
The mountain gorillas were listed as endangered species and by the year 1990’s, they were depleted to almost extinction due to human activities. This had seen the number of mountain gorillas reduce to as low as 500 members remaining in the whole world!
From 2000, the respective governments increased conservation efforts and tourism industry improved which has helped people appreciate the importance of gorilla conservation and other wildlife.
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