Mountain gorillas are the major attraction in the Virunga Region. About 490 mountain gorillas inhabit the Virunga Massif ecosystem shared by Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, the DRC’s Virunga National Park, and Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park. Another 400 and above live on a separate mountain in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park. Not like other primate species that live in captivity mountain gorillas cannot be found in zoo they can only be met in their national environment.
The endangered species are only found in the Virunga conservation area and the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park! Within the Virunga, there are three gorilla parks; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The total population of mountain gorillas is estimated to be about 900 individuals! The Virunga massif hosts half of the total population of the mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Since the 1970s, the Virunga Region has been attracting tourists interested in mountain gorilla trekking. Gorilla tourism was first introduced in the Virunga National Park and later introduced in the Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park. With several habituated groups of mountain gorillas in the region, many visitors prefer to go gorilla tracking in the Virunga Region.