Number of mountain gorillas on the rise in Virunga massif

07th Jun 2018 Editorial, Featured, Home

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Uganda have released a new census result which documents 604 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei); the largest number of mountain gorillas ever recorded in the transboundary Virunga Massif and an estimated 1,004 as of June 2016, when combined with the published figure of 400 mountain gorillas from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, as of 2011.

Located on the border of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga Massif is one of the two remaining areas where this critically endangered great ape is still found. The area has witnessed an increase in count from 480 in 2010 to 604 in 2016.

The increase in mountain gorillas inhabiting the region has been attributed to effective conservation policies, strategies, regulated tourism, daily protection and veterinary interventions, intensive law enforcement, community conservation projects, and transboundary collaboration among government institutions and non-governmental organizations.

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