December 11th, 2010
The mountain gorilla is the largest member of the great ape family. It is also one of the most vulnerable -- there are only about 780 of them left in the wild. The good news, according to the BBC, is that this number represents a 25% increase over the past 7 years.
One incentive for local people to protect mountain gorillas is eco-tourism. Safaris to see the great apes up close are becoming increasingly popular, bringing in much-needed tourist revenue to countries like Uganda.
In fact, approximately half of the mountain gorillas remaining in the wild are found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which hosts eco tours that allow tourists to observe the animals. Tours are also available in the much smaller Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
To enable these safaris, park workers h
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