Rwanda2018-11-23T19:19:49+00:00

Rwanda hosts Mountain gorillas and is is also home to small populations of Eastern chimpanzees, found in Nyungwe Forest, in the southwestern region of the country. Both Mountain gorillas and Eastern chimpanzees face numerous threats and compete for resources with people, particularly as Rwanda has the highest human population density in Africa. Being a small country, Rwanda‘s over-exploitation of landscapes and severe deforestation have limited the great apes’ range, and their vulnerability to human diseases is troubling. Gorillas and chimpanzees are often caught in snares set by hunters for other animals. The parks, Volcanoes and Nyungwe, are well protected, but Nyungwe lost a large portion of its original size during the Rwandan genocide

GREAT APES DISTRIBUTION IN RWANDA

KEY STATISTICS

SPECIES

GREAT APE POPULATIONS

  • Eastern chimpanzee: 430
  • Mountain gorilla: 230

AREA

26,338 km2

THREATS

  • Human Encroachment
  • Deforestation
  • Disease

HUMAN POPULATION

12.5 million