Best Ways to Conserve Mountain Gorillas

What should be done to ensure that gorillas’ conservation is well executed? Through which ways shall mountain gorillas be conserved? What indicators reveal that conservation is being adhered to by the visitors and the locals? All the above questions need responses. Jewel Safaris came up with some practices we can do to reduce the rampant killings and death of the most endangered species of mountain gorillas. In this write-up, we also applaud the efforts put by Jewel Safaris in the conservation of mountain gorillas in conjunction with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP). Let’s explore the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas.

Spread the word about mountain gorilla conservation

Rwanda gorilla safaris

Gorilla trekking

Together we can achieve more. Everyone’s effort matters. Tell a friend to join the chariot. We also have reformed poachers now on board preaching the good news of the need to conserve these gentle giants. Spread the goodness of conserving the gorillas to the world. Tell your friends, family, and colleagues about the relevance of protecting mountain gorillas and other wildlife species, especially the most endangered ones. Despite the positive story of mountain gorillas, they are still critically endangered and poachers’ top target. Mountain gorillas’ have a better chance of survival if we continued working to address conservation challenges. Their survival depends on what you and I do. Spread the word about conservation to everyone and let’s collectively safeguard these mountain gorillas species for the benefit of the current and future generations.

Do more than one activity during your visit.

The main activity for your safari is tracking the mountain gorillas. However, you can also add other activities like hiking mountains for example Muhavura, Sabyinyo, and Rwenzori. You can also do bird watching and the Batwa community visit. All the activities act as an additive to spice up your safari in this gem of fun-thrilling activities. Part of the money you pay will support the conservation efforts both directly and indirectly. Contact Jewel Safaris for all these activities to be arranged for you and the gorilla trekking permits secured in time.

Do not visit when you are sick

You may be an ardent conservationist but if you don’t take precautions, you may also contribute to the extinction of these gorillas. Since they are our closest relatives, they can easily contract diseases suffered by humans, especially airborne diseases. Stay away from visiting the mountain gorillas if you are suffering from any airborne disease. By doing this, you are carrying out one of the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas. The team from Uganda Wildlife Authority at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are putting stringent measures to see that no sick visitor gets close to mountain gorillas.

Purchase wisely.

Silverback Gorilla in Bwindi Forest Park

Silverback Gorilla Trekking

There are some locals who make souvenirs out of the body parts of wildlife. Kindly don’t buy such products when you find out. In case you suspect it too, inquire before you buy it. Your purchase will encourage them to continue killing wildlife since the market for their products is readily available. Poachers mostly set snares to catch small antelopes to bring home to their families for food but occasionally larger animals such as buffalo or elephants may be targeted. Gorillas often get caught in poachers’ snares set for other animals. Furthermore, poachers’ very presence in the forest disturbs the environment and increases the risk of zoonotic disease transmission. While the main purpose of poaching is to obtain bush meat, wild animal skins, bones, and ivory may be used in crafts and other items sold to tourists. If you have any doubt about a product’s origins, don’t buy it. And certainly, in the rare instance, you may see or hear of someone selling a live wild animal, report it to the national park authorities. This is one of the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas and other wildlife species.

Donate to conservation organizations

The existing mountain gorillas are there due to the few well-wishing conservationists who made donations to see these primates secured from the hands of the poachers, sicknesses, and several other factors. Your donation will make a difference in this conservation effort of conserving the mountain gorillas. However small your donation, creates a big impact. The most profound and reputable conservation organizations’ in the region that are so devoted to helping to see that mountain gorillas do not get extinct include Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP). Jewel Safaris is ready and open to help any devoted conservationist to get on board to help conserve mountain gorillas.

Choose a tour operator who is conservation-oriented.

While researching about the genuinity of the tour operator, choose those who make efforts to contribute to the conservation of gorillas and other wildlife species in the Ugandan parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This will expound on the conservation efforts. Choose tour operators like Jewel Safaris who are conservation-oriented. Join the conservation team as we practice some of the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas.

Give gorillas space.

The recommended distance to keep away from the mountain gorillas should be 7 meters. This is to avert the chances of sicknesses affecting the gorillas while in their habitats. It is very risky here when they get sick. This is one of the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas.

Support the locals

Most of the communities staying in the proximity of these national parks are sometimes forced to do these evil acts due to poverty. Recently, Uganda Wildlife Authority has been creating awareness and giving support to the locals to enable them to start businesses that will earn them some money and keep them busy, instead of being idle and end up in the park roaming to set up snares, poison these animals and do several evil acts, After receiving assistance, many started making souvenirs, built several eating points for local dishes. Whenever you are in any of these parks like Bwindi, Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Virunga National Park, buy a souvenir, eat in local restaurants, give a tip and have a spirit of generosity. All these purchases will raise some money for the locals and eventually help divert the would-be poachers from going on with poaching or indulging in similar activities. This is one of the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas.

Possibly, you should opt to visit these giant apes in their natural habitats either in  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, or Virunga National Park and you will realize why many have labored for decades to conserve these apes. After reading about some of the best ways to conserve mountain gorillas, we hope you will as well contribute to the conservation of these endangered species.