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UWA to Begin Mock Tourism on Gorilla Groups

UWA to Begin Mock Tourism on Gorilla Groups

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Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is planning to start mock tourism on two newly habituated gorilla groups based in Bwinid Impenetrable National Park, in south west Uganda. This is in a bid to test their readiness to receive tourists. Habituation of the gorillas began in 2006, and for the last two years trackers have followed them

Rushegura Gorilla Family Members Named

Rushegura Gorilla Family Members Named

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What a great innovation! Uganda Wildlife Authority staff in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda’s most popular national park, have been able to give names to all eleven gorillas in the Rushegura group. Thumbs up our Bwindi staff!! This is no mean achievement. The process involves closely observing the gorillas for endless hours. No easy task

Bwindi Communities Benefit from Gorilla Tourism

Bwindi Communities Benefit from Gorilla Tourism

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When gorilla tourism was introduced in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ten years ago, there were many sad faces among the communities neighboring the newly created national park. They had just said goodbye to lots of free honey, wood, and even gold, which they used to dig manually. But the sadness lasted for a very short

Gorilla Permits Increase to 32

Gorilla Permits Increase to 32

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The number of permits available for visitors trekking in Bwindi had been increased to 32 after the a split of the Habinyanja group in 2002 allowing for the tracking of what is now ‘Habinyanja ‘ and ‘Rushegura’ groups and the introduction of the Nkuringo group in September 2004. Below is a breakdown of the composition

An Outbreak of Mange Hits the Bwindi Gorillas

An Outbreak of Mange Hits the Bwindi Gorillas

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In July 2000, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) received an urgent call that 3 juveniles of the Nkuringo group on the edge of the Bwindi National Park were losing hair and one was lethargic and not eating. The problem sounded like it was probably the skin parasite Sarcoptes, commonly called mange or scabies. There

Scabies in Bwindi

Scabies in Bwindi

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At the end of July, the Ugandan park authorities asked the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Center to examine the gorillas in the Nkuringo group that is currently being habituated. The animals had lost hair and scratched themselves more than usual. Three young animals had an abnormal skin condition. One gorilla was anaesthetized, as it had lost

Tourist Killings in Buhoma

Tourist Killings in Buhoma

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About 100 armed men entered Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 1st to raid 3 tourist camps in Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Buildings were looted and set on fire, vehicles were burnt, and 17 people were kidnapped and taken into the forest. It seems likely that the attackers had been told

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla

New Gorilla Census in Bwindi

New Gorilla Census in Bwindi

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla

A team of scientists has found that nearly 300 gorillas are still living in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A similar number (290-310) had also been found during the period of 1987 to 1993 when all groups were identified and monitored by Thomas Butynski and his team. The new census, conducted in October and November

Case Report on Scabies Infection in Bwindi Gorillas

Case Report on Scabies Infection in Bwindi Gorillas

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Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) have been working together to treat a skin disease in one of the gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This case has involved both veterinarians and park managers in the attempt to decipher the cause of the problem and to treat it, while

Bwindi Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas Killed in Bwindi

Mountain Gorillas Killed in Bwindi

Bwindi Gorillas

In mid-March 1995, poachers killed four mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, near Ruhija, with spears. The gorillas killed were an adult female, a blackback male and two juveniles. The first carcass was found on 19 March, the others later. Some of them were partially mauled by dogs that probably had accompanied the