Gorilla Habituation Experience Uganda – Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Forest
Gorilla habituation is a process of training wild mountain gorillas to get used to the presence of human beings. There is universally no specific definition of Gorilla Habituation Experience but it can simply mean tourists visiting gorillas in the wild and spend more hours with them. Gorilla Habituation could last between two to three years to be accomplished and throughout this time, researchers keep on visiting a given Wild gorilla family on a daily basis. They tend to learn comprehensively about individual gorillas as well as their behaviors. As time elapses, the apes get used the researchers who in the process give each individual gorilla a name. When the researchers are very sure that the gorillas are good for trekking, they introduce to them a mock exercise where people like scientists, journalists or any other category start paying visits to them. A gorilla group that passed the mock exercise, qualifies for trekking. Wild gorillas are habituated so that researchers can study the species, offer them treatment for sickness and injuries, safeguard them from hunters, poachers and boost their protection efforts with sustainable tourism.
Gorilla habituation experience as a wildlife activity is only offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a park in south western Uganda inhabited by half the number of mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi forest is one of the two gorilla habitats in Uganda and among the four mountain gorilla national parks in the great lakes region. Gorilla habituation experience started on 1st January 2014. A permit for gorilla habituation experience is at USD 1500. Visitors are allowed to spend four hours with the endangered primates. Not all gorilla families in Bwindi are open to this kind of experience even though all of them had their gorilla members adapted to human presence. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) allocated two families for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga and Nkuringo Sector in the southern segment of Bwindi Impenetrable forest. These families include Bikingyi gorilla group and Bushaho Gorilla Family.
With gorilla habituation experience, clients will have more hours with the mountain gorillas unlike the most common gorilla trekking that is only limited to one hour. In most cases, the ordinary gorilla tracking may last for over 8 hours as trekkers hike in forests in search of the primates but the specific time allowed to tourists to be with them is 1 hours only. But for the Gorilla habituation experience, visitors usually comprised of mainly researchers and educationists spend four hours as they observe closely how gorillas are adapted.
The only distinction is that those visiting gorillas under the habituation experience may expect to come upon semi habituated gorillas that could conduct themselves in an unfamiliar manner even though this is an unusual occurrence.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got over 19 Uganda gorilla families already habituated and found in the four gorilla trekking sectors on the vast park. These include Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rushaga and Ruhijja Sector. Among the gorilla families in Uganda are Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura in Buhoma found in the North of the park. There is Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in the Eastern side of the impenetrable forest plus Ruhija, Busingye, Nshonji, Mishaya, Kahungye, Bweza in Rushaga as well as Nkuringo Gorilla Group in the southern section of the park.
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What is Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda?
Gorilla habituation experience safaris and tours are the latest tourism activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on top of gorilla trekking that has been long offered in the park. For gorillas become accustomed to human presence, each gorilla family undergoes a long lasting habituation process of about 2 to 5 years monitored by a group of knowledgeable conservationists, researchers, trackers and rangers. Park rangers initiate the habituation process by spending a short period with gorillas each day, keeping a specific space within the limit of the comfort zone of the gorillas.
Every few months they slowly increase the time and lessen the distance until they are sure that the gorillas are set for visitors to trek them. When the gorillas are not yet fully habituated, they are used to trackers and rangers, but not to strangers or tourists. Gorilla Habituation Experience then helps to guarantee that they will ultimately become wholly easy in the company of people.
What is the difference between Gorilla Trekking and Gorilla Habituation Experience?
Gorilla Habituation Experience and gorilla trekking are both are incredible opportunities to walk deep into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an experienced tracker in search of wild mountain gorillas.
For gorilla trekking, you can hike through the forest for anywhere from 30 minutes to 5 hours, depending on the location of a gorilla family being trekked. When in the end you meet your allocated gorilla family you will have the chance to take one special hour inaudibly observing them in their natural habitation.
There is no wildlife encounter on earth that can liken to standing a few meters from the gorillas. It will unquestionably be a dreamlike experience that will ever be memorable.
In case you need more time with the gorillas, there is a rare prospect to take part in a full day Gorilla Habituation Experience offered by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
On the habituation experience, you will have a deeper understanding of gorilla tracking and plus the behaviors of the rare species. In all, you will have a greater amount of time to observe and photograph the gorillas.