Gorilla Conservation

Sadly it is estimated that only magnificent Mountain Gorillas remain, and though numbers have increased within recent years, they still face major threats due to poaching, deforestation, and the appalling bush meat trade. This is why gorilla conservation must continue to be a large focus.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest, where The Great Projects gorilla trekking tours take place, is home to around half of the world's population of Mountain Gorillas, the other half are located in neighbouring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Your chance of seeing these most majestic of animals is, therefore, higher here than anywhere else on earth; it is a once in a lifetime thrill to see the local silverbacks and their female clans!

gorillas at a glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Endangered
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
100,000
ENDEMIC REGION
Africa

How endangered are Gorillas

Gorillas are now classed as endangered and this is a problem that is not looking as if it will go away anytime soon. The Mountain gorilla is the most endangered of the gorilla species, and its numbers are as low as 880. This is the species of gorilla you would be helping should you volunteer on the Great Gorilla Project, and thanks to conservation efforts this ape has already seen its numbers rise from 620 in 1989. This may not seem like a huge rise, but in the world of the gorilla this is an incredible difference!

Threats gorillas are facing

Gorillas live in one of the most unstable and volatile regions of the world and this has a huge impact on them. The problems they face include:

  • Habitat Loss – People live in the same area as gorillas and have therefore begun to encroach on the gorilla’s habitat in order to create farm and pastoral land.
  • Hunting – Even in this day and age, gorillas are still hunted for meat and trophies.
  • Disease – Gorillas are susceptible to human ailments and as they come into contact with humans more frequently they are suffering. The Ebola virus for instance wiped out a large chunk of the gorilla population.
Fast Facts
  • There are two species of gorilla – eastern and western. Each of these is divided into two subspecies - eastern lowland and eastern mountain, and western lowland and cross river (western). The two species live in central Africa, separated by a vast swathe of rainforest.
  • Each gorilla builds its own nest or sleeping platform, however, a nest is not used for more than one night.
  • Gorillas have a unique nose print, similar to a fingerprint for humans!

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Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

Australian Office
The Great Projects,
39 Cairngorm Street,
Carrara, 4211
Australia

T: +61(0) 755020457