It is located in South Western Uganda in Kabale district. The park is known to harbour half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Its is situated in a hilly countryside, together with some remnant lowland forest. Having been situated here for 25,000 years it is similar habitat to Mgahinga National Park, but different in the sense it is not an area of former volcanic activity. The local people near the park are mos and Bafumbira. Minor Batwa communities are also present. The Bwindi area holds up one of the rural population densities in Uganda with a number of 350 people
Home to Half The World’s Mountain Gorillas
The park has about 340 individual mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. A 2006 census of the mountain gorilla population in the park showed that its numbers had increased from 320 individuals in 2002 to 340 individuals in 2006. Disease and habitat loss are the greatest threat to the gorillas. Poaching is also a threat. Mountain gorillas are an endangered species, with an estimated total population of about 650 individuals. There are no mountain gorillas in captivity. In the 1960s and 1970s, mountain gorillas were captured in order to begin a population of them in captive facilities. No baby gorillas survived in captivity, and no mountain gorillas are known of that are currently in captivity. The gorillas are tracked in groups, the Bituku (B), Rubale (R), Mubare(M), Hibayanja (H)
Bird Watching Safari in Bwindi
Bwindi is also a prime location for birdwatchers. Its 350 bird species including 7 which are IUCN red data listed & 90% of all Albertine rift endemics species that are hard or impossible to see in some other part of East Africa. A more experienced bird watcher can simply identify up to 100 species in a single day!