Mountain Gorillas one of the subspecies of eastern gorilla are known to thrive only in three (3) countries on a world scale namely; Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda where they are explored on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and tours.
habitats range in the hilly forested landscapes of the Albertine rift
which is the western arm of the Great East African rift valley and these
habitats are recorded to be fragile and yet surrounded by one of the
densely populated communities on the continent of Africa as viewed by
travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda Africa.
respective governments have declared National Parks around these areas
to ensure the protection of the Mountain Gorillas which are listed as
critically endangered on the red list of the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Uganda has Bwindi Impenetrable National
Park which supports a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas and Mgahinga
Gorilla National Park that is part of Virunga massif. Rwanda has
Volcanoes National Park while Congo has Virunga National Park all part
of the Virunga massif - the block of eight (8) Mountains known to
support 480 Mountain Gorillas as always heard from the guides while on gorilla safari in Rwanda and Congo.
habitats feature an altitude range of 2,200 – 4,300m and the gorilla
forests are mostly cloudy, misty and cold. The mist forms the background
of the slogan “Gorillas in the mist” which was popular with Dian Fossey
and then later a range of Africa safari companies including Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours Ltd.
Mountain Gorillas feed on various items in these habitats including;
bark of trees (6.9%), roots (3.3%), stems and shoots (85.8%) from
around 142 species of plants, flowers (2.3%) and fruit (1.7%). They also
feed on small invertebrates (0.1%).