Gorilla habitation adventure in a group
Gorilla habitation adventure in a group

Gorilla habitation in a group. Gorilla trekking – Uganda – Rwanda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gorilla habitation adventure in a group- Gorilla habituation is the process through which a gorilla family gets used to human visits. When there were plans to introduce gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the remaining task was to ensure that the mountain gorillas get used to tourists’ visits. Remember, the gorillas were living in the forest and were not used to human visits.

A gorilla habituation process takes 2-3 years, and it involves an advanced team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority making frequent visits to the gorilla family. Upon establishing that the group is used and welcoming to tourists, the gorilla family becomes ready for tourists’ visits.

The Gorilla Habituation adventure Experience

Introduced in 2015 and available for a minimal duration of only 2-3 years is the gorilla habituation experience in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. To become habituated to tourists’ presence, each gorilla group has undergone an extremely delicate process, lasting around five years, gradually getting accustomed to the presence of humans. Park rangers start by spending a short period with the gorillas every day, at a certain distance that represents the limit of the gorillas’ comfort zone. As the years go by, they gradually increase the time and reduce the distance until they deem the gorillas ready for paying clients to visit them.

The gorilla habituation experience for the first time allows paying clients to participate in this process. It is limited to two gorilla families in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bukingyi and Bushaho, in the park’s Rushaga sector. Due to the steep terrain, and dense vegetation. Gorilla habitation adventure in a group

Gorilla habituation adventure in a group

How many people are allowed to habituate a gorilla family per day?

For the gorilla habituation experience, only 4 people are allowed to habituate a gorilla family per day for 1500 dollars per person per habituation. And once the mountain gorillas are found a person is given not more than 4 hours to spend with mountain gorilla observing their ways of life, taking videos and pictures to share with loved ones back home.

Gorilla habituation adventure is currently done in Uganda and Bwindi impenetrable national game park in the Rushaga sector in the southwestern part of the park and buhoma sector.

The gorilla habituation experience helps clients come so close to these amazing gentle giants and as well participate in the habituation process. it involves encouraging wild gorillas to feel comfortable in the presence of humans.

Why four people for the gorilla habituation experience.?

It’s first intended to minimize and reduce behavioral disturbances in mountain gorillas. A large cloud of new people every day might in one way or the other cause discomfort to the gorillas a thing that is completely against conservation protocols.

To minimize the risk of exposing gorillas to human diseases. Gorillas and humans share a 98.5%dna with humans. This means they are highly suspect able to some human diseases yet their Immunity is not strong enough to resist these diseases. Exposing gorillas to a single human disease like the flu puts an entire family of these gentle giants at a very high risk and this can devastate the whole population. Gorilla habitation adventure in a group

Some of the gorilla families in Bwindi include the following.

Mubare Gorilla Family – Buhoma, Habinyanja Gorilla Family, Rushegura Gorilla Family – Buhoma, Bitukura Gorilla Family- Ruhija, Oruzogo Gorilla Family – Ruhija, Nkuringo Gorilla Family – Nkuringo, Nshongi Gorilla Family – Rushaga, Mishaya Gorilla Family – Rushaga, Kahungye Gorilla Family – Rushaga, Bweza Gorilla Family- Rushaga, Busingye Gorilla Family – Rushaga, Kyaguriro Gorilla Family, Nyakagezi Gorilla Family.

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April 27, 2024
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