Primates – Mountain Gorilla, Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzee

Primates in Uganda

Uganda’s primates are conserved by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and they attract a number of Primatologists all around the world to visit them and make research on them.Below are the most visited Primates in Uganda.

The Mountain Gorilla

Uganda’s dense forests are home to over half the world’s mountain gorillas (as of May 2018) – the rest live in the neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As they do not survive in captivity, preservation of these fragile habitats is essential for their survival. Gorillas display uncanny human characteristics. The close-knit family groups are headed by a silverback – a mature male – who selects places for the group to eat and sleep

A maximum number of 8 people are allowed to trek or visit a given Gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla and Volcanoes National Parks. Bwindi National park has about 16 habituated Gorilla families and thus each family is allowed only 8 people/trackers per day for one hour. Sometimes park management is forced to have more than 8 people depending on circumstances on ground. If such happens, the park authorities will explain. When it comes to Gorilla habituation, its only 4 people that are around to spend four hours with Mountain Gorillas under habituation.

Chimpanzee

Our closest cousin, the chimpanzee, shares at least 94% of its DNA with humans. Sociable, communicative and intelligent, one of the chimp’s most astonishing traits is its ability to use tools such as rocks for smashing nuts, empty pods for scooping water and sticks for drawing termites from their nests. As these skills are passed from generation to generation, it has been observed that different troops are specialists in different tasks, depending on their habitat and diet. Chimpanzees live in…

Golden Monkeys

The most beautiful primtaes in Mgahinga national park are the  Golden Monkeys,With their various colors, including long golden hair, orange mixed into it along with its black limbs indeed they are a must see as you explore the treasures of Uganda.

Golden Monkeys were tracked first in Uganda in Mgahinga Gorilla Park which is located near  other points of attraction such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda.  The endangered golden monkey is endemic to the Albertine Rift, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a rare chance to track these striking creatures, high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail.

Golden Monkey Trekking begins at 8 am in the morning with an orientation and then it is up into the forest along what is referred to as the Gahinga Trail.  Best to have a day-pack, a snack such as dried fruit, a large bottle of Rwenzori Water, binoculars if you enjoy birding, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, rain jacket, hiking boots, and maybe a walking stick that you can buy locally.

When you get into the presence of the Golden Monkeys you will know it, the forest comes alive with monkeys everywhere, even jumping over you, the flurry of Monkey activities will be amazing.

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