We are delighted to inform you that the population of Uganda’s mountain gorillas has grown from 302 in 2006 to 400 in 2011. This brings the total number of mountain gorillas in Africa to 880, including the 480 that live in the Virunga Mountains.
The recent census shows an impressive recovery for a species that has been seriously threatened with extinction. Mountain Gorillas are the only great ape experiencing a population increase, according to David Greer, WWF African Great Ape Programme Manager. This is giving hope to conservationists and it confirms that conservation efforts and community engagement are paying off. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.
Mountain gorillas in the wild still face threats ranging from habitat loss to poaching, especially in Congo, and are hunted for their meat. Funds from the sale of gorilla permits are ploughed back into their conservation as well as local community projects.
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