Mgahinga Gorilla National park, part of the Virunga ecosystem
Were this reserve on its own, I would consider it an ecosystem in grave danger. This reserve only covers 33.7 square km, 13 square miles. So why is it not in this category?
Mgahinga Gorilla national park is part of the Virunga ecosystem, and is a transfrontier park which includes
- 1 habituated mountain gorilla group live within this area, so gorilla trekking is possible (permit required and should be booked long before travel), as well as 2 non-habituated groups – if you chance on non-habituated gorillas in the forest, they are likely to leave fast.
- Golden monkeys are the other regularly seen primate. They are only present in this ecoystem
- Blue monkeys are also occasionally seen
- Forest elephants (a little over 100, it is thought, but throughout the whole ecosystem)
- in 2020 580 Bush elephants migrated from another park into the greater transfrontier park, given the small are of this section they are rare visitors
- black-and-white colobus
- giant forest hog
- black-fronted duiker
- Most of the rest are several varieties of rodents, bats and small predators