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12 August 2010 :: 13:08:22 pm 35056

Mountain Gorillas, Can They be Saved by Eco-Tourism

With only around 700 mountain gorilla left in the world, all of them around Africa’s Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, they are becoming critically endangered and nearing extinction.
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The survival of the gorilla and their habitat has been threatened by decades of conflict and poaching.

In order to save the endangered species from extinction, conservationists believe that the growth of Eco-Tourism can help and have found that monies from the gorilla tourism has helped Rwanda with the ever shrinking population with a slight increase in the number of gorillas over the past five years.

The money from the tours is used to protect the forests, habitat and anti poaching patrols. Without the forest the gorillas will not survive. Understanding the threats and protecting the forest is the first step to saving the gorillas as these days, it is not the gorillas themselves that are under threat for their meat, it is the lack of forestry that is the cause of their near extinction.

has so far been successful in their conduct, balancing and restricting the number of visitors in order to let enough funding for the protection of the gorillas, but at the same time ensuring the gorillas are not disturbed.

Trips cost £300 with a maximum of eight tourists and each group of gorillas is visited for one hour a day. Rwanda has created thousands of jobs through gorilla tourism which is worth around £3 million a year.

Former poachers have been employed as tour guides, working in and around the conservation and now recognize that the gorillas are worth more to them alive than dead.

All great apes have a capacity for learning with some of them having learned sign language.

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