Two New Gorilla Groups Habituated for Tourism in Bwindi
Two New gorilla groups have been habituated for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, South Western Uganda. According to a press release by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the two new gorilla families are open for gorilla tourism in Bwindi Forest. These two groups have been established as Katwe in the Buhoma Sector and the Christmas in the Rushaga Sector.
These two groups have been undergoing gorilla habituation. The gorilla habituation process involves veterinarians following a gorilla family to get it used to the presence of tourists. The veterinarians and researchers have been following the two groups and have concluded that these two families are ready for tourist visits.
The habituation of the two new groups has increased the number of habituated gorilla groups to 19 habituated gorilla families. With each family being visited by only 8 tourists per day, the number of gorilla permits have increased to a total of 152 gorilla permits available to be booked by tourists interested in gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest.
Remember Bwindi is the only national park where tourists can engage in gorilla habituation, a 4 hours activity that involves visitors following the mountain gorillas. Currently there are two gorilla families that are habituated for tourism and research in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. For more information about Bwindi check out the Bwindi National Park Planner, a great resource to guide you in planning a trip to the park.