Results released from the most recent survey conducted in 2018 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, and the contiguous Sarambwe Nature Reserve, DRC Kampala, UGANDA 16 December 2019; Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration reveal that the number of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the 340 square kilometer transboundary protected forest have increased to 459 from an estimated 400 in 2011. This announcement brings the global wild population of mountain gorillas to 1,063 when combined with the published results from the Virunga Massif 2015/2016 survey. Bwindi – Sarambwe is one of the two places on earth where mountain gorillas can still be found. “Slowly but surely a solid future for mountain gorillas is emerging, proving that long-term, collaborative conservation efforts can pull species back from the brink of extinction. This was demonstrated last year with the IUCN reclassification from Critically Endangered to Endangered.” said Anna Behm Masozera, Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), which provided technical and financial support to the exercise under an agreement with the intergovernmental Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration. “While the IGCP coalition celebrates these results, mountain gorillas still face many threats and as a subspecies […]

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