Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in southwestern Uganda at the edge of the Albertine rift valley covering about 321 sq km. the forest is believed to have survived the ice age about 25,000 years ago and such a pristine, unspoiled forest lying at low altitudes between 1,160 to 2,607 meters above sea level is an important are for biodiversity conservation. Estimates say that there are about 880 mountain gorillas left on the planet earth and interestingly about 400 mountain gorillas live in the Bwindi forest which is a half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. The other gorillas live in Rwanda and DRC’s virunga mountains region.

Bwindi became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 in recognition of its unmatched biodiversity providing home to a variety of wildlife including 120 mammals, 350 species of birds, 24 being Albertine rift endemics, 400 species of plants. Note that this is the only place in the whole world where two great apes both gorillas and chimpanzees live together in harmony with man.

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