NUMBERS EXPECTED TO RISE IN UGANDA’S GORILLA CENSUS

A new census of mountain gorillas is under way in the Bwindi National Park in Uganda, currently known to be home to around half the global population of the critically-endangered apes.
The last count, which was carried out back in 2011, revealed there to be around 400 mountain gorillas living in the park. Now, hopes are high that the current count will show that numbers have risen steadily over the past few years. In fact, given the number of babies born to gorilla families living within the National Park boundaries, some conservationists are even hoping that the figure could hit 500. Even if the increase isn’t so dramatic, any rise will be welcomed as proof that sustainable tourism, combined with a communityfocused approach to conservation, is paying dividends.