Do Mountain Gorillas Migrate?

Mountain gorillas do actually walk all day long in search of food but this is within their natural habitat and do not migrate in different habitats. To attain the amount of vegetation eaten in a day by the gorillas they move for almost 3-6 kilometers to forage within the forest. Mountain gorillas are only found in two natural habitats of Bwindi forest and the virunga massif. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are found in Uganda where’s Volcanoes National Park is in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo.

Mountain gorillas have in some cases crossed boundaries within the virunga massif. Mgahinga, Virunga and Volcanoes National Parks are within the same habitat which is the virunga massif. These gorillas have crossed especially from Rwanda to Uganda and vice versa, however these have in many cases been temporary movements and this is because the gorillas don’t know that these boundaries exist. They find this a single habitat and are free to move through these jungles, however these are rare cases.

For spectacular wildlife migration experiences, the wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya is the perfect option. The Great Wildebeest Migration is an annual migration of giant herds of animals all through from Northern Tanzania to Kenya. Each wildebeest migration constitutes of over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles moving from Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and Masai Mara National Park of Kenya. It is very possible to customize a Tanzania safari or Kenya safari for great wildlife viewing with a gorilla tracking tour to Uganda and Rwanda using charter flights.

How Many Mountain Gorillas are Remaining in the world?

Mountain gorillas are the only apes facing population increase and the progress is a steady one. With strong conservation efforts, Mountain gorillas have increased from about 880 to 1,063 in just two years. After the mountain gorilla population census of Virunga massif in 2018, the total world population of mountain gorillas increased to 1004, this was a step to success. On the 16th of December 2019, the Bwindi population of Mountain gorillas was declared in accordance to the December 2018 census and there was an estimated total of 459 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone. This means an increase of the gorillas to a total of about 1063.

The announcement was done by the outgoing minister of tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu. Mountain gorilla families have increased from 36 groups to 50 gorilla families. The total mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest alone have increased from 400 to 459 as of the December 2018 census.

  • Globally the total of mountain gorillas has increased from an estimate of 1,004 to 1,063 in number.

Thanks to the Uganda Wildlife Authority and conservation partners, this is a success story for the Uganda Tourism industry. If there’s a perfect time to go for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda then its now when the population is much more facing success and no threats are putting them at a high risk of extinction.

Uganda-Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Packages