Friday, March 31, 2006

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - My hairy encounter

The Telegraph Travel website with yet another personal encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda.
Without Ishmail I would never have gone eyeball to eyeball with an enormous gorilla as he partook of a late lunch in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-west Uganda.

Ishmail was a 23-year-old Ugandan porter, one of the entourage engaged to help visitors trek through steep, difficult terrain and catch a glimpse of the gorillas in the tropical rainforest. And "my'' gorilla was a rare silverback mountain gorilla, one of the world's most endangered apes (there are around 700 in the wild), found only in the protected forests of north-east Rwanda, eastern Congo and south-west Uganda.