Protecting Uganda primates from COVID-19, Many of conservationist in the world have been asking us different questions on how safe is Uganda primates from Covid-19 more especially mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and in Mgahinga gorilla national park, chimpanzees in the Kibale forest national park also known as “primates capital of Africa” and golden monkeys in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
The above primates a listed by ICUN as endangered but the mountain gorilla population has been increasing with the current 2018 gorilla census showing mountain gorilla number has grown to 1064 individual gorillas in the whole world which combines Uganda, Rwanda, and DR-Congo? Here the answers will be yes Uganda primates are safe from COVID-19, all Uganda national parks are protected by professional park rangers, researchers, and Vet doctors, because of COVID-19 they have been briefed about this deadly pandemic so Uganda primates are safe and well protected during COVID-19, they are ready to protect our African jungle jewels.
Our of three countries that are home to mountain gorillas, Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has the largest population of mountain gorillas in Africa and in the whole world, Bwindi forest is home to more than half of the total number of mountain gorillas in the world, among other places where to see mountain gorillas include Volcanoes national park of Rwanda and Virunga national park of DR-Congo, this means Uganda has more gorilla permits available day which is an advantage that puts Uganda on the top of the list of travelers planning primate safari-to go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest, golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest.
Protecting Uganda primates from COVID-19 as tourism industry is set to reopen?
during COVID-19, people’s lifestyle has changed mostly on how we relate with each other, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has affected almost every human in the world which means that primates (mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and many other types of Ugandan primates were greatly affected, endangered spies like mountain gorillas are already threatened by humans who encroaches on its home (forest), some other diseases and poachers, so when you add on COVID-19 which can kill most the primates because like chimpanzees share 99% DNA with humans-this means COVID-19 can easily be spread from humans to many of the primates which put our close relatives on the high risk.
This is why a country like Uganda has put very tough measures to prevent/protecting Uganda primates from COVID-19, among the tough measures that have been put in place includes social distancing to avoid direct human contact with primates-like gorilla and chimpanzees, but sometimes primates babies get excited and come closer to humans during trekking, the distancing rule is being enforced no touching and getting close to making sure tourist, visitors don’t get in contact with Uganda primates, touch a tourist.
When is the reopening of Uganda tourism?
As we have seen above Uganda has put tough measures in place so that the tourism industry can reopen as soon the international is reopened to outside, we hope that by end of August 2020 Uganda will have reopened its international airport and once the airport is reopened, tourism will also reopen to tourists and other visitors.
The tough measures are there to protect Uganda primates and other Uganda wildlife from COVID-19 yes it may have implications on tourism activities but are necessary to make sure Uganda primates and all other wildlife are safe and well protected from COVID-19. Kisoro tour Uganda we remain at your disposal for any other information about primates safaris in Uganda or any other details you need to know on how protecting Uganda primates from COVID-19 measures are being implemented in the different national park of Uganda, just contact us we will provide you with all information you need