The Uganda Wildlife Authority has begun work to habituate another group of mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
The “Bikingi” group will be the 8th gorilla group habituated to the presence of visitors on a daily basis.
This will extend over many months until the rare and endangered animals have gotten used to being approached by humans on a regular basis.
It was pointed out, that once this habituation has been completed and the group been included in the daily gorilla tracking for tourism purposes, no further habituations will take place until at least 2012.
This follows the extensive study of the impact of daily visits into the park by as many as 8 tourists per group, the interaction of habituated and non-habituated groups, and the long-term sustainability of the activity.
Gorilla tracking is the highest profile tourism product of Uganda attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists on Uganda tours to track the endangered species. Gorilla tracking can also be done in Rwanda and D.R Congo.
Tracking the mountain gorilla in the Bwindi impenetrable national park ranks among the absolute highlights of an African Safari.
With BIKINGI the new group, it is expected that mountain gorilla trekking will contribute over 50 percent of the overall tourism revenue.