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 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!
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: