Bwindi Primates

27th to 30th July 2014

The main reason I chose to visit Uganda was the possibility of seeing Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and it was well worth the trouble getting there. Gorillas are hugely impressive animals and to be able to watch them calmly feeding and going about their daily business was a real privilege.

Silverback Mountain Gorilla walking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Silverback Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei)

Young male Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Young male Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei)

Gorillas aren't the only primates living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest though, there are also chimpanzees and eight species of monkey of which I managed to photograph two, L'Hoest's and Red-tailed. Both of these are mischievous omnivores which are happy to raid human habitations in search of food.

Young L'Hoest's Monkey raiding an outhouse
Young L'Hoest's Monkey (Cercopithecus lhoesti) caught in the act of raiding

L'Hoest's Monkey (Cercopithecus lhoesti) feeding
L'Hoest's Monkey (Cercopithecus lhoesti) feeding

Red-tailed Monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius) in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Red-tailed Monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius)

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