The majestic and endangered Mountain Gorilla lives in protected national parks in two regions of Africa. One group of gorillas lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The other group is spread over three national parks in the Virungas mountain region of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Because these animals reside far from most people, it’s easy to forget that they need our support. Luckily, people are working hard every day researching and protecting gorillas. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is one of many organizations committed to defending Mountain Gorillas in central Africa.
Through their dedicated efforts, they work to conserve their natural habitats and resources and safeguard them from poaching. In doing so, they provide valuable insight into the Mountain Gorilla population with the genetic data they collect and analyze. Consequently, we have wonderful news to report on this very matter…
From information gathered in a report by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, we have an announcement to share! The census of the Mountain Gorilla population released in May 2018 is an exciting affirmation for those who protect them. The census was conducted through the collaboration of many local and governmental conservation organizations from Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC, including the researchers at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. As a result of their work, the findings show an increase in the number of gorillas found in the Virunga Mountains.
The Mountain Gorilla population has grown from 480 gorillas in 2010 to 604 gorillas as of June 2016.
However, the census does not include the Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest which is home to an estimated 400 gorillas. This brings the total to around 1000 individuals. Furthermore, the intensive research and genetic analysis conducted took researchers years to complete. This in-depth evaluation enabled researchers to release the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available on the Mountain Gorilla population in central Africa. The census shines light on the incredibly difficult and dangerous work it takes to protect these animals.
As the gorilla families grow in number, so does the need to adapt existing conservation efforts to support the increase. Success will follow with the continued dedication and collaboration of conservation organizations. We, as individuals, can support the protection of the beloved Mountain Gorilla as well:
A NOTE FROM DICK BERRY:
“As I take in the results of the newly released census of the Mountain Gorilla population, I feel a heightened sense of responsibility to continue advocating for their protection. On a personal level, there is also some exciting news to share. Along with an eager group of travelers, Capture Africa Tours, and myself are heading back to Rwanda for another Mountain Gorilla Trekking tour into the Volcanoes National Park to witness the magic of being in the distant presence of these remarkable animals. From there I will head to Uganda on my own for further exploration.
Maybe one day you can join me & see the wonders of Africa for yourself.”