Mountain gorilla population count

The mountain gorilla population count in the whole world is estimated to be 1060, 600 in the Virunga (Rwanda and Congo)and 460 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Uganda has half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. 55% of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are habituated and distributed in the different sectors of the park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 22 habituated gorilla families, all available for the thrilling gorilla trekking experience.

Mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain gorillas live in family groups that are headed by an adult male silverback. the population of mountain gorillas in Uganda is spread in different family groups in the four sectors within the park, that is to say Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Rushaga is the only sector that facilitates gorilla habituation, an experience where tourists spend 4 hours in the presence of mountain gorillas different from the usual 1 hour gorilla tracking experience.

Each family group has a certain number of members and some of these can be encountered while on your gorilla tracking safari. The number of mountain gorillas in the different family groups keeps changing from time to time and this is due t certain factors such as death of members, birth of new members, new members joining the group and old members leaving the group.

In order to contribute to conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas, book a gorilla tracking safari with us.