A new Ohio University study shows that tourists are getting too close to mountain gorillas, potentially exposing the gorillas to deadly diseases.
Researchers at Ohio University have published a new study in collaboration with Ugandan scientists, cautioning that humans place endangered mountain gorillas at risk of disease transmission during tourism encounters.
Mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) are an endangered species of great ape found only in eastern Africa. Over 40% of the 1,059 mountain gorillas that remain on the planet today reside in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda, and these apes are the heart of a growing tourism industry that has incentivised their continued protection. But close proximity between humans and gorillas during tourism encounters presents well-documented risks for disease transmission. MORE
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