Uganda has released 2018 census results for the Bwindi Population. The number of gorillas individuals and families increase.
The occasion was held at the one of the luxurious Kampala Serena Hotel, joined by representatives from stakeholders in the tourism sector, conservation, ambassadors and the media.
Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, confirmed that as per the December 2018 survey in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda had a record 459 mountain gorillas counted in 50 groups; with 13 solitary individuals.
When combined with her sister, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda still restates its spot as home to over 50% of the world's total population of mountain gorillas, an additional boost to gorilla tourism in this East African state of region
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Tourism mentioned that the number of gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park had increased from 36 families in 2011 to 50 groups in 2018 leading the Virunga massif, whose gorilla groups stand at 41 families according to the latest census results of mountain gorillas living in the Virunga.
"It's not just the gorillas we have. We also have about 11% of the world's bird species, all of Africa's big five, a huge population of chimpanzees, excellent weather, the source of the world's longest river, a happy and fascinating people and more. Uganda continues to reaffirm itself as a leading holiday destination," Minister Kamuntu said at the event.
Following the 2016 census in the Virunga massif, which confirmed a total of 604 gorillas in Virunga, Volcanoes and Mgahinga national park combined; this new number confirmed by Uganda presents an even greater success story for mountain gorilla conservation.
The total global population of the mountain around the world now stands at 1,063.
Reported By The Association of Uganda Tour Operators & Uganda Wildlife Authority
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