After a decade of conservation efforts, the mountain gorillas in Eastern Africa are showing a steady comeback. Results of a survey released today indicate that there are now 340 gorillas within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, a 12 percent growth over the past decade, indicating a healthy and well protected population, reports the World Wildlife Fund…
“This is indeed great news for the survival of the mountain gorilla,” said Marc Languy of World Wildlife Fund’s Eastern Africa Program.
The Bwindi census comes after a similar trend was found in 2003 in the Virunga National Park.
The Bwindi park is home to almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. “With only about 720 individual mountain gorillas surviving in the wild, more efforts are still needed to ensure these beautiful animals do not become extinct,” reminded Languy.