This morning an enthusiastic team of about fifty two (52) people entered Bwindi Impenetrable forest from Ruhija and Ndego areas to start on the tedious work of counting mountain gorillas. The field teams will camp and work in the forest. They will hike through the forest – essentially combing the forest in search for gorilla trails and nest sites and collecting gorilla faecal samples from every nest they encounter. Mountain gorilla census is conducted every 5 -10 years. The last gorilla census in Bwindi Impenetrable forest was conducted in 2011 and the population was about 400 mountain gorillas.
The primary purpose of the mountain gorilla census is to establish an abundance estimate with the associated objective to understand what changes can be noted over time. Additional objectives of this effort include collecting data on illegal activities in the park and analyzing their relationship with gorilla distribution and dynamics.
The census is funded by Fauna &Flora International, #WWF (through International Gorilla Conservation Programme-IGCP) and Partners in Conservation at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.
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