Do gorillas fall sick like humans do?
Yes, gorillas are very prone to sicknesses especially those which affect humans. The susceptibility of disease transfer between gorillas and humans is greater on the side of the gorillas; they can quickly catch human diseases and therefore need to be protected. This is why in Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) maintains that no tourist is allowed to embark on a gorilla tracking safari if they have a communicable disease, and even the healthy trekkers are not allowed to get too close to the animals.
The kind of environment in which the mountain gorillas live (which is cold and wet) many a time exposes them to respiratory illnesses especially pneumonia. Colds and coughs and even Ebola may be transferred from tourists to the animals or sometimes they may be transferred from gorillas to humans.
Gorillas also suffer from intestinal parasites like worms and protozoans which are also similar to those that affect the human digestive system. Gorillas also suffer from dental illnesses; though rarely because they don’t consume a lot of sugary substances. The older gorillas (above 35 years) begin to lose some of their teeth to Periodontitis and also start to feel weakness in their limbs as a result of arthritis.
Gorillas sometimes suffer from wounds which may be caused by attacks from predators like leopards, other mountain gorilla groups or if they fall into traps set by poachers. Some of the traps contain rusted materials and if the gorilla falls in the snare it might not only be injured but also infected with some unknown contagions. Even if it manages to free itself from the trap, chances of survival are limited.
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Rwanda Safari Trips
The world traveller would wish to know the travel requirement before considering visiting Uganda and Rwanda. The travel information gives you an insight into the requirements of the basic aspects like Passport, Visa requirements and exemption and the health conditions. Understanding these requirements help one to act accordingly so as to avoid disappointments at the time of arrival.The travel information also features the travel to Uganda and Rwanda. The travellers are given the opportunity to know the flights that operate from their respective originating areas connecting to Uganda and Rwanda. The domestic flights and provision for charter flights is also provided for the sake of flying travelers on safari in Uganda or Rwanda safari.
Rwanda National Parks | Safari Destinations in Rwanda
Rwanda dubbed the land of a thousand hills boasts of three well protected national parks located in different parts of the country. The three parks have varied habitats thus supporting varied biodiversity allowing Rwanda to maintain a good count natural flora and fauna in its small protected landscapes. Read More about Rwanda Safari Destinations
Volcanoes National Park, Also known as Parc Nationale des Volcanos in French, the Volcanoes National Park is located in the north west of Rwanda protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga massif thus bordering with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’ Virunga National Park.
Nyungwe Forest National Park, Positioned in the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park overlooks the Democratic Republic of Congo border to the west and the Republic of Burundi in the south. The Nyungwe is noted to be one of the ancient forests of Africa and is known to have survived the last ice age. The Nyungwe forest is noted to one of the largest mountain forests in East Africa and at the moment is considered to be the most conserved forest in the Central African Highlands.
Akagera National Park is positioned in the north east of Rwanda overlooking the plains of Tanzania. It extends over a geographical spread of 1122 km2 and under a public private partnership arrangement of African Parks and Rwanda Development Board since 2010.The park is named after the River Akagera which is one of the sources of the Nile River which is the longest in the world. The River feeds in the chain of lakes that mark the floor of the Akagera plains including Lake Ihema which is the second largest in the whole of Rwanda.