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Uganda Welcomes Three Infant Mountain Gorillas

We wanted to share some exciting news from Uganda! Three infant mountain gorillas were born there this year!

Gorilla Mother with Babies

Approximately 480 mountain gorillas, more than half the world's population of this critically endangered creature (a subspecies of the eastern gorilla), reside in the dense forests of southwestern Uganda, and that number has grown with the recent birth of three infants since mid-August. Adventurous visitors tracking the habituated Habinyanja gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park spotted the newest arrival in late September.

Uganda has 12 habituated mountain gorilla families (11 in Bwindi and one in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park), and the opportunity to track them in their natural habitat tops the bucket lists of wildlife enthusiasts and intrepid travelers worldwide. Researchers began the Habinyanja family's two-year habituation process in 1997, spending time with them daily until they became at ease around humans. The other two infants belong to the Bushaho and Bikyirigi families, which are currently undergoing habituation and cannot yet be tracked by visitors. Read more from the official press release here

Mother Gorilla with baby

If you can’t wait to visit these majestic creatures, come and join us on our Uganda & Rwanda experience.

Uganda offers much more than gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. In Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can view lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, topis and hartebeests, not to mention over 1,000 different bird species including the impressive grey crowned crane, the national bird of Uganda. Continuing to Ishasha, we have a rare opportunity to see the tree-climbing lions perched in the fig trees. Both Uganda & Rwanda are home to some of the friendliest people in all of Africa who can’t wait to share their home, wildlife, and culture with you! Join us today! Or read more about what trekking with the gorillas is really like here.



- October 27, 2016

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