|Silverback Ndungutse, member of the Nyakagezi gorilla group |
in the Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Uganda
Silberrücken Ndungutse aus der Nyakagezi Gorilla-Familie
im Mgahinga Gorilla Nationalpark, Uganda
|A silverback and a juvenile of the Nyakagezi gorilla group|
Ein Silberrücken und ein "Teenager" aus der Nyakagezi Gorilla-Famile
Did you know?
- The DNA difference between the gorilla and homo sapiens is just about 2%.
Thus it's not surprising that seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat is such a unique, unforgettable experience for us humans.
- They have a lifespan of 30-40 years in the wild.
- There are roughly about 700 mountain gorillas (according to National Geographic) remaining on Earth, means they are critically endangered.
- Half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population lives in the Virunga Mountains of Central Africa, at the intersection of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The other half lives just 24 km north of the Virunga Mountains, in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- You can do a gorilla trekking and see them in their natural environment - well, not all of them, since "just" 26 gorilla families are habituated to human presence.
- The rule: there is just one group of max. eight visitors allowed to visit one gorilla family per day...
- ... and for just one hour (there should not be too much contact with humans. Moreover gorillas are vulnerable to our diseases, since they have 98% of our genes. Hence you are not allowed to visit them if you are sick, and be it just a flu, for even this can be fatal for gorillas.)
- that is: max. 178 visitors = permits per day in all three countries (Uganda: 72, Rwanda: 80, DRC: 26)
- The price for a permit is USD600 in Uganda and DRC, in Rwanda even USD750. But it is good value! Aside from that the fees also benefit gorilla conservation.
Some more general information about the gorillas?