Uganda seated in the east of Africa is one of the three countries in the world that are gifted to have populations of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. In fact, Uganda has close to a half of these species populations with one of her protected areas Bwindi Impenetrable National Park housing 400 out of the 880 mountain gorillas – something that has laid a rich ground for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.
But, one may wonder why all that attention to the wild animals. The
truth is that mountain gorillas are beyond the wild animals when it
comes to those who have discovered a fortune in them. To some, mountain
gorillas are impressive creatures and our close relatives thus should be
treated as brothers and sisters and to others, they are their source of
livelihood to them, communities around and the country at large.
Through gorilla safaris in Uganda,
Mountain gorillas have contributed greatly to the national revenue and
the lives of the local people that surround their habitats.
gorilla permit in Uganda costs $600 and with a total of 13 habituated
gorilla families in Bwindi and Mgahinga, the income generations are
enormous assuming the permits are fully bought. The people employed in
the gorilla tourism scheme that people have called gorilla payroll. Talk
of tour and travel companies and their staff, the Uganda Wildlife
Authority staff including the park wardens and rangers, the local
porters and guides not forgetting the safari lodges where travelers on a
gorilla safari in Uganda
and their workers combine to praise the name of the mountain gorilla
holding it a position that is beyond any other wild animal.
record keeping and considerable attention accorded to these species, one
may regard them to be above the ordinary Ugandan. Look at the Batwa
people and their eviction from the gorilla forests and the life that
followed. These were ancient homes but government had to take the
priority whether to keep the people in the forest or to pave way for
mountain gorilla conservation. It was not government alone; the
international conservation bodies also had a hand in it. At last, the
Batwa were evicted and mountain gorillas were left to live freely in the
forest. This was partly motivated by the desire to conserve these
precious species for the benefit of generations to come and those that
would with to gorilla safaris to Uganda. With this sequence of events, one is free to argue that mountain gorillas of Uganda are beyond the wild animals.
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