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Total Population of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

In the recently released results by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities together with the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration of the 2018 December Bwindi population census revealed that the number of mountain gorillas and gorilla families has increased. Mountain Gorilla Numbers in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park increased from 400 in 2011 to 459 in 2018 which brings the global world population to 1,063 individuals.

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How much is a Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda?

An Uganda gorilla trekking permit is a document that is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority as approval of acceptance to undertake a gorilla trekking safari in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  A permit is the only thing that offers you surety for trekking gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is the most expensive safari activity because of the cost of the gorilla permit that lets you have a chance to trek the mountain gorillas.

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Is it Gorilla Trekking or Tracking?

Trekking and tracking when it comes to gorilla safaris are in many cases used interchangeably, however, in this context do they refer to the same activity. The answer is No though they are slightly related but different in some way.  Here is where the difference comes in;

Gorilla tracking is that activity is done by the park rangers alone without the tourists or trekkers in most cases very early before trekking starts.

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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations

Just like any other safari activity in Uganda, gorilla trekking has rules and regulations and these are the guidelines that each tourist has to follow for their trekking experience.

For those planning to go for a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, here are the mountain gorilla trekking rules and regulations that you need to follow asset and noted in the Uganda Wildlife Authority leaflet in the section

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What are the threats to Mountain Gorillas?

Mountain gorillas are one of the endangered species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List a global authority on the status of the natural world.  It was just in 2018 when the mountain gorilla population was moved from critically endangered to endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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Best time to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda

The best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is during the dry season when the rains are less. This is in the months of June, July, August to early September, if you can’t make it at that time then December, January, and February are a perfect alternative.

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What do Mountain Gorillas eat?

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Mountain gorillas are vegetarians that eat vegetables mainly stems, leaves, fruits that make 25% of the gorilla diet, bamboo shoots, pith, roots, moth, and grubs. Sometimes, mountain gorillas supplement their diet with termites by breaking termite nests to eat larva, ants, and insects.

In comparison with other primates, gorillas eat more fibrous foods.  The range of plants consumed by mountain gorillas is up to 250 plant species.

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What is the Mountain Gorilla trekking?

Mountain Gorilla trekking is a highlight of most of the safaris to Uganda and Rwanda that are home to the rare mountain gorillas. However, what actually is gorilla trekking. If you have had the experience before then you know of the joy that comes with this lifetime activity, however, if you haven’t yet here is what gorilla trekking means

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Where do gorillas trek in Uganda?

Planning a trip to Uganda? You must have probably heard of the famous Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and wonder where gorillas trek in Uganda. Gorilla trekking habitats in Uganda are two of the 10 national parks which are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

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Which gorilla species are in Uganda and Rwanda?

Famous world over, gorillas are actually ground-dwelling apes that are predominantly herbivores inhabiting the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. There are two gorilla species that are existent in the world and these are the Eastern gorillas and the Western gorilla. Both species are critically endangered. The two gorilla species are further divided into 4 subspecies which are the western lowland gorilla, Cross River gorilla, Mountain gorilla, and the Eastern lowland gorilla.

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Tree Climbing Lions of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park

By the word tree-climbing lions, it may sound unusual and a phenomenon not commonly sighted by seasoned animal behaviorists. The behavior of lions climbing trees is indeed such a rare occurrence in that, there only two populations of lions that are documented to be tree-climbing lions. Uganda is lucky to be one of the world’s destinations where tree climbing lions can be seen at the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda.

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