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All About Endangered African Mountain Gorillas

All About Endangered African Mountain Gorillas

Monitoring the disappearing Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda.

Endangered mountain gorillas are threatened by habitat loss, poaching, disease and war in forested volcanoes that straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

African Mountain Gorillas

African Mountain Gorillas.

Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the wild.

There are only around 700-1,000 mountain gorillas remaining on earth.
In 1967, there were only around 240 mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, however, today due to conservation efforts, the population of mountain gorillas has doubled.

The endangered mountain gorilla is an herbivore living in the Virungas, a cluster of forested volcanoes that straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and spans four national parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park.

The mountain gorilla is a high-altitude race of the eastern gorilla, the larger of Africa’s two gorilla species, and distinguished by its dense fur, which protects it from the colder highlands climate. It lives in troops of 10-30 creatures, over which a silver-back male, named for his cape of white hair reigns. Silver-back males can sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds and stand 6 feet tall, females, 215 pounds and 5 feet tall.

If you want to experience gorilla trekking in Rwanda your first requirement is a permit, which will cost around $350- $750 in Rwanda or Uganda. The gorilla permit will get you one hour with the gorillas in their natural high-altitude surroundings. Rwanda’s volcanoes national park is home to 10 mountain gorilla families who can be visited by one group of eight visiting a day.

Endangered African Mountain Gorilla

Did you know where do mountain gorillas live? The world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in three countries spanning four national parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park.

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