Ecotourism

Journey to discover the Gorillas


Only a few days ago we launched an appeal to safeguard the elephants of Africa. The premise is the same: humans should be honored to be able to admire the beauty of wildlife present in nature and, never, should threaten their survival. Illegal trade and the desertification, make life difficult for many animals, including the mountain gorilla: there are just 880 copies left.

880 specimens of mountain gorilla, escaped from poaching and wild deforestation that has decimated the species by 75 percent in recent years. THE mountain gorilla are undergoing a further attack, the oil drilling looming over Virunga National Park. Virunga National Park is located between Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. THE mountain gorilla they could disappear in the next 10 years.

LOOK PHOTOS OF THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA

"Over the past decade the mountain gorilla population has decreased by 75% due to poachers hunting for their meat (bushmeat), the illegal trade in derivatives and the deforestation, which destroys 700,000 hectares of forest every year in the Congo Basin. Today they only survive in two areas between Bwindi National Park and the Virunga National Park, declared byUnesco World Heritage Sitebut according to the United Nations at the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, most gorilla populations could disappear within 10 years. "

The man shares with the gorilla, over 98 percent of its genetic makeup. It is terrifying to think that in some places, a small gorilla's hand is sold as a trophy for less than six dollars. A puppy of gorilla it can be sold illegally for between $ 15,000 and $ 40,000.

How much is a gorilla alive?
In a healthy habitat, each gorilla moves a capital of $ 25,000 per year. This thanks totourism industry which at full capacity could earn $ 62,000 a year. The total income obtained from tourism for mountain gorillas amounts to 22 million dollars a year and could reach 54.4 million dollars a year which, with a responsible tourism, could bring great benefits to local economic realities.

LOOK PHOTOS OF THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA

For those who want to know more:
WWF Italy has set up an ad hoc page, moreover, on February 4 at 13:00, Isabella Pratesi mountain gorilla- will be online on Facebook to answer any doubts.


Video: Official Film Trailer: JANE. National Geographic (October 2020).