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In the TedX talk, entitled "Save Gorillas: Focus on Communities", Praveen Moman, Founder Volcanoes Safaris, argues that we need to change the paradigm of gorilla tourism and conservation and make them central to the economic mainstream so communities have a stake in the survival of the gorillas and habitat.
Sensitive and controlled tourism is essential to the survival of the endangered animals and landscapes. Only by putting bread on the table of local people and giving their children a better future, we will ensure that gorilla conservation works.
Praveen asks: does this not require a radical rethink by those of us who are privileged, so we support conservation and tourism not for ourselves, but in order to support the local communities who ultimately can save the gorillas?
Follow this link to the TEDx talk. We hope you find it stimulating and thought-provoking.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.