Due to the increased demand of Gorilla permits in the past quarter of the year, the Uganda Wildlife Authority released a statement that will put a smile on a number of faces around the world.
“We have increased the number of gorilla families for tracking from 15 to 17, following the successful habituation of Katwe group in Buhoma and Christmas group in Nkuringo. Visitors can book tracking of these families”, the statement said. This was said during the release of “The public statement on reservations and payments for gorilla tracking permits”
The Authority also promised on developing an improved full cashless system for payment of permits hence reduce the risk of losing money and promised to inform about the results in a short while.
Gorilla habituation is loosely described as the process by which the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people hence becoming safe to be visited.
With the addition of Katwe Gorilla group and Christmas Gorilla group in Buhoma and Nkuringo respectively, there will be an increase in gorilla permits up to a tune of over 136 daily in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Katwe gorilla group now brings the total number of habituated mountain gorilla families to four in Buhoma others being Mubare group, Habinyanja group and the Rushegura group whereas Christmas gorilla group will bring the Nkuringo population to three families others including the pioneer Nkuringo group and the Bushaho group.