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UNESCO sites: Bwindi's wonder world of gorillas

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Added 23rd August 2020 07:55 PM

Bwindi is home to over half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas, and over 120 mammal species.

UNESCO sites: Bwindi's wonder world of gorillas

A gorilla relaxes at Bwindi

Bwindi is home to over half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas, and over 120 mammal species.

BWINDI|GORILLAS|TOURISM|WILDLIFE

Bwindi forest situated in southwestern Uganda, along the border of DR Congo and Rwanda is reportedly the country's oldest forest.

It has exceptional biodiversity with various fauna and flora species.

Among others, it's home to over half of the world's population of the endangered mountain gorillas, and over 120 mammal species comprising monkeys, butterflies and over 347 bird species. The national park is mainly popular for gorilla trekking which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Infant gorillas stay close to their mothers for the first six months and nurse for about three years
Infant gorillas stay close to their mothers for the first six months and nurse for about three years

 

A water source at Bwindi
A water source at Bwindi
Female gorilla are smaller in size compared to their male counterparts
The Bwindi community earn a living from tourism
The Bwindi community earn a living from tourism
A gorilla's lifespan is between 35 and 40 years
A gorilla's lifespan is between 35 and 40 years
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest
Gorillas are mostly vegetarian
Gorillas are mostly vegetarian



Bwindi became a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its ecological significance.

The UN Bureau recommended that the committee inscribe the site which has one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa on grounds of it hosting almost half of the world's mountain gorillas, and one of the most important forests for mountain butterflies and birds.

It furthermore commended the Government of Uganda, as well as the donors on their efforts to obtain international funding for the establishment of a model management regime.

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