Gorilla Trekking Is An Amazing Experience!

Gorilla Trekking Is An Amazing Experience!

Posted by Michael Starbuck on Jun 21, 2016

The idea of a hands-on conservation project is appealing to many people, who imagine the stable, interesting work at a sanctuary or a protected reserve. However, to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most mysterious creatures, mountain gorillas, a bit more effort is required. Gorilla trekking provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only observe gorillas in their natural habitat, but to also contribute in a meaningful way to their survival.

In the Ugandan jungle, mountain gorillas remain the most legendary residents, but they are also living under threat from deforestation and illegal animal trafficking. While Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a protected sanctuary, volunteer efforts still make a major difference in the outreach programs and conservation efforts in the region. To ensure that gorillas have a habitat to survive and thrive in, reforestation efforts are crucial, but population tracking is also necessary to monitor population growth rates. Your efforts as a volunteer will put you right in the action, engaging with local communities that have regular interactions with gorillas, helping to educate them on conservation approaches so that both groups can live in peace and harmony. Your 4-day journey into the heart of the national park will also give you a chance to soak up the inimitable beauty of Uganda, and introduce you to dozens of other types of wildlife. Get up close and personal with chimpanzees as you track their movements through the national park, and even go on a game safari to catch a rare glimpse of lions and elephants.

Turning your vacation into one based at a conservation project is a wonderful way to embrace your animal side, and gorilla trekking is one of the most unique ways to give back to the natural world around you. To learn more about how you can get involved in gorilla conservation efforts in Uganda, take a look at The Great Gorilla Project!


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