Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the dominant Uganda gorilla safari site filled with a minimum of the about 400 mountain gorillas of which a considerable section has been habituated to accommodate the people.
The gorillas in Bwindi whose population is close to the a half of their
entire global population given at 880 are still prone to poaching
despite the concerted efforts to eliminate the threat. The Bwindi forest
still harbors other forest animals apart from the gorillas and these
include the forest antelopes like duikers. These Species are always a
target by the local communities who wish to enjoy bush meat.
would wonder how then this results into a threat to gorillas that are
not edible by the surrounding communities. It can be noted that in a bid
to capture the edible forest animals, the poachers set wire snares and
traps which at times do not spare the gorillas while on the move. Cases
of gorillas getting caught in such snares are still noticed in the
famous Bwindi where travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda gather to track gorillas.
One of the cases occurred on June 17th 2015 when a black back of
Habinyanja gorilla group with 17 years in the Buhoma was got hold and
unfortunately poachers speared it to death. The black back named Mizaano
tried to fight the poachers’ dogs and in return the owners speared it
to the last breath. It was a trying moment for those who knew about it
including those that have ever encountered on Uganda gorilla safaris.
The Suspects were members of the neighboring Mpungu Sub County in the
Kanunu district and included Fidel Byamugisha Fidel, Leonard Byamugisha
and Amos Kazongo. The Conservation through Public Health doctors
conducted a postmortem and found out that Mizaano experienced a harsh
death when the spear penetrated it from the right side of the shoulder
damaging the lungs causing suffocation and eventually death.
occurences are trying especially when a youthful gorilla like Mizaano is
lost. It is a typical threat of gorilla continuity which calls upon
renewed efforts to see the cause fully worked upon. The Communities need
to be re-sentized again to contuine appreciating the value of
conservation and understand that though their target may not be
gorillas, they may fall victim in return.