Gorillaz in Da Mist

Breaking News!! Breaking News!! Breaking News!! Breaking News!! Breaking News!!

Gorillas are Gaining Momentum!

The Gorilla Population In Africa Is On The Rise, Demonstrating Gorilla Tourism’s Positive Impact

Isn’t that exciting? A recent statement from the wildlife agencies of Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stated that the current gorilla populations in all three countries have increased significantly, by 26.3% over the last seven years. This is fantastic news for conservationists and tourism organizations like Volcanoes Safaris, who have worked to protect the gorillas and their habitat while providing travelers with life-changing close encounters with the endangered gorillas.

The gorillas, which can be found in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Parc National des Virunga in the DRC, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, are estimated to have a population increase of 3.7%, which, according to the census, matches that of the human population increase in Uganda. The growth in the gorilla population demonstrates the positive impact gorilla tourism is having on gorilla conservation.

Volcanoes Safaris, one such gorilla tourism organization, is widely recognized for their integrated, unique eco-tourism model which is centered on protecting the threatened gorilla and chimpanzee populations of the Western Rift Valley in Africa. Using a truly grassroots method of promoting tourism, the Volcanoes Safaris eco-lodges, which are the only lodges near Africa’s gorilla parks, were created to use environmental resources in a sustainable way while empowering local communities by employing only local people to manage them. Because of their highly successful model of tourism, Volcanoes Safaris has taken over 6000 clients on gorilla safaris, and currently employs over 100 people globally.

This exciting news bodes well for the future of gorilla tourism, and for travelers who dream of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

To learn more about gorilla safaris or Volcanoes Safaris, visit www.volcanoessafaris.com


One response to this post.

  1. It is an absolutely great article, we saw it pop up in the news yesterday as well. Just goes to prove that where there is a will there is a way and thanks to people making a dedicated effort things can and will change.

    What is heartening to see is that more and more lodges through out Africa are making a concerted effort to educate travelers about such issues. A great blog your readers might find interesting to read is the of http://blog.londolozi.com/2010/10/nine-lives-memories-of-a-maverick-conservationist/ these guys do a great job!




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