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February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

Mountain gorilla safaris are becoming an increasingly popular choice when looking for an alternative destination to the usual savanna experience such as the Serengeti on a Tanzania safari or Kenya's Masai Mara. It's no wonder when you look at the range of gorilla safaris on offer, the most common being either a Rwanda or Uganda safari. To give you a little insight into why people find mountain gorillas so fascinating here's a list of our top gorilla facts.

Mountain gorillas are categorised as one of the world's 'critically endangered' species. It's estimated that there are only 790 mountain gorillas, as of spring 2010, remaining in the world, and close to half of these reside in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest so a Uganda safari is a great option to see them.Because of the low numbers however, conservation measures are seen as incredibly important.

There are only three countries in the world where mountain gorillas can be found, Uganda, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), all of which share a border.

The gorillas live in two main areas. One population lives in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, this volcanic region is split over three different national parks.The other is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - a national park which is often referred to as the best location to visit ona Uganda safari.

Gorillas are the largest living primates. Despite their size, these great apes share 98%-99% of their DNA with humans. The mountain gorillas are the third most closely related ape species after the two main chimpanzee species. Like many ape species, this close link leads to many human like qualities, and gorillas are well known for their social interaction and gentle nature.

Gorilla families are made up of several age ranges, these include: infant, 0 to 3 years; juvenile, 3 to 5 years; sub-adult, 5 to 9 years; adult female, 9+ years, depending on when she starts her menses; blackback, 9 to 12 years; and silverback, 12+ years, when a male gorilla develops the characteristic silver hair along his back.

Finally, a thought to finish on, humans are the mountain gorillas only natural enemy. This is one of the reasons gorilla tourism is so important to these parts of the world. The money brought in through gorilla safaris is, in part, channeled back into conservation schemes and benefits local communities, helping the gorillas and working to prevent human-wildlife conflict.

So, next time you're looking for an exciting safari experience, something a little different to the usual Kenya or Tanzania safari, why not take a look at a close and personal ape experience with a gorilla safari?

This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of Sanctuary Retreats. They offer fantastic Uganda safari experiences, as well as other great Tanzania safari choices.

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