Uganda's dense forests are home to over half of the world's remaining 790 mountain gorillas. The rest live in neighbouring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mountain gorillas, unlike their lowland brethren, are unable to survive in captivity, so preservation of their fragile habitat is critical to their continued existence. In Uganda, they are only found in Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
Gorillas are a gentle, highly intelligent, species known to use tools and communicate with each other using a wide variety of vocal sounds.
They live in close-knit family groups led by a silverback – a mature male weighing up to 120kg (265 lbs) – who selects where the group eat and sleep. This makes trekking a challenge and is why One Village Tours employs experienced game rangers to locate the gorillas.