Mountain Gorilla Tracking

It wasn’t until January 1970, when National Geographic Magazine published an article about Dian Fossey and her work in Rwanda that the Hollywood “King Kong” myth of an aggressive, savage gorilla was transformed.  Fossey defined gorillas as being “dignified, highly social, gentle giants, with individual personalities, and strong family relationships.”  Photographs in the article showed the gorilla “Peanuts” touching Fossey’s hand and depicted the first recorded peaceful contact between a human being and a wild gorilla.

Fossey’s work also showed that mountain gorillas could be habituated to be around humans.  In the decades to follow, Uganda and Rwanda, two of the three countries where mountain gorillas call home, began a habituation program to promote the tourism of mountain gorillas.

Today 7 gorilla families are habituated for tourist trekking in Uganda.  A total of 8 permits are available for each group, allowing 56 daily permits in Uganda.  In order to minimize the spread of disease and give gorillas ample time to themselves, tourists are allowed 1 hour per day with the gorillas.  The per person cost of a permit is $500.  Visitors are encouraged to spend two days with the gorillas.

Uganda

Mubare group (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Buhoma Side): (8 members)   1 Silverback; 3 Adult females; 1 Sub adult; 2 Juveniles; 2 Infants.

Habinyanja group (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Buhoma Side): (23 members) 1 Silverback; 3 Black backs; 7 Adult females; 1 Sub adult; 5 Juveniles; 6 Infants.

Rushegura (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Buhoma Side): (15 members) 1 Silverback; 6 Adult females; 4 Juveniles; 4 Infants.

Bitukura (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Buhoma Side): (13 members) 4 Silverbacks; 2 Black Backs; 3 Adult females; 2 Juveniles; 2 Infants.

Oruzogo (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Buhoma Side): (23 members) 2 Silverbacks; 7 infants; number of black backs and females forthcoming.

Nkuringo (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Nkuringo Side): (19 members) 2 Silverbacks; 4 Black backs; 4 Adult females; 4 Sub adult; 1 Juve-nile; 4 Infants.

Nshongi (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Nkuringo Side): (24 members) 2 Silverbacks; 7 Black backs; 5 Adult females; 5 Juveniles; 5 Infants.

Mishaya (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Nkuringo Side): 10 members) 1 Silverback; 2 Adult females; 2 Juveniles; 5 Infants.