Mountain gorillas have dropped from being critically endangered to endangered following their increase in number to 1000 individuals, all efforts are due to great conservation techniques in the greater virunga conservation area and Bwindi forest national park where mountain gorillas found. mountain gorillas are the closest relatives to human beings sharing 97%. They are prone to human disease transmission like airborne diseases, gorilla trekking rules are meant to protect all individuals co-live together and these include;
- Only persons above 16 years are allowed to track mountain gorillas
- A maximum of 8 members per gorilla family is allowed to track.
- Keep distance of 7 feet away from the gorillas, the further you are the more relaxed and calm they are.
- Always wash your hands before you go gorilla trekking.
- Keep your voices low as you approach the gorillas, this helps watch out for other wild life like bird species
- Do not drink, eat or smoke in the presence gorillas. This is to reduce the health complicated issues that could result from the dumping’s.
- If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
- If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the ranger guide to advise you otherwise.