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We are the premier local eco-travel operator based in Kampala, the central city of Uganda in East Africa
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Mountain gorillas off 'critically endangered' list in rare recovery

GOMA, Congo, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Central African mountain gorillas came off the 'critically endangered' species list on Thursday following a rare and dramatic recovery in numbers over the past decade.
A survey this year found numbers had jumped to 1,000 individuals, from 680 in 2008, enabling scientists to reclassify them as 'endangered'.
"Even though the rise of the mountain gorilla population is fantastic news, the species is still in danger and conservation efforts must go on," Liz Williamson, primate specialist for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said.
The IUCN classifies species according to how much under threat they are, and numbers for most high-profile ones are falling.
The legendary 'silverback' gorillas -- which roam forest-cloaked volcanoes of the Western Rift Valley where Rwanda, Congo and Uganda meet -- have drawn thousands of tourists willing to pay hundreds of dollars to see them. Their habitat also supports other species found nowhere else, including golden monkeys.
But they are limited to two protected areas: the Virunga Massif, spanning all three countries, and Uganda's Bwindi national park. Both are surrounded by farmland where a growing human population threatens encroachment.
They are also under threat from poachers, civil unrest and diseases, including the Ebola virus.
"The biggest threat to the mountain gorilla population would be a new and highly contagious disease, because that would be very hard to control," Williamson told Reuters.
Andrew Seguya from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration said the rising number of gorillas also means a need to expand their habitat and to raise more money for the communities in the area.
"While the downlisting ...shows our efforts are working, we must not sit back, we must do a lot more," Seguya said. (Reporting by Fiston Mahamba; Writing and additional reporting by Juliette Jabkhiro in Dakar; Editing by Tim Cocks and John Stonestreet)
SOURCE; Reuters

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PHOTO OF THE DAY -Chimpanzee pant hooting in tree, Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda. The pant-hoot is loud. I mean really loud. You can hear it over a mile away in the forest. This young chimpanzee is pant hooting because he is excited, having arrived at a fruit tree. But it's the high-ranking adult males that pant-hoot most frequently. Females sometimes produce pant-hoots on their own and often join in a chorus of pant-hoots when others are calling. Learn more about the chimpanzees of Kibale by following the Kibale Chimpanzee Project or visiting https://kibalechimpanzees.wordpress.com/. #chimp #chimpanzee #kibale #wildlife #animals #africa #bestoftheday #wildlifephotography #wildlifephoto #apes
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Fly Uganda Launches Weekly Scheduled Flights to Bwindi

#FlyUganda, a Kajjansi based airline on 2nd of November 2018, launched scheduled flights to #Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to half of the world’s remaining mountain #gorillas.

The flights are operated three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Departs Kajjansi at 08h00 arriving Kihihi at 09h30.

Return flights will depart Kihihi at 10h00, arriving in Kajjansi at 11h30

Read full story in our news page; http://www.responsibletourismcompany.com/index.php/blog/137-fly-uganda-launches-weekly-scheduled-flights-to-bwindi
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The 11th Annual @johnniewalkerug @Jazz_Safari ft American Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist @BonaRichard. on Saturday 30th June 2018 at the lakeside @spekeresort in Munyonyo near @VisitKampala #JWJazzSafari11

Book your ticket and tour of the Lake Victoria here. info@responsibletourismcompany.com #africa #afrique #music #musique #culture #uganda #art #jazz
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Many activities can be enjoyed at #MurchisonFalls #NationalPark, such as: African wildlife #safari, #birding, #cultural encounters, hiking, nature walks, balloon safari, sport fishing and more;
This shoebill stork was spotted on the banks of the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.
Photo Credit: IG/aat_2008 #Birding #Birdwatching
Book you bird watching tour and safari in #Uganda in #EastAfrica via email: info@responsibletourismcompany.com,
Web: www.responsibletourismcompany.com
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Britain lifts advice against travel in Uganda

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has lifted the advisory warning British citizens against travel to any part of Uganda in East Africa.

On October 12, the FCO removed advice against all but essential travel to the Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda;

“If you are travelling in this part of Uganda, you should be aware that inter-communal violence and occasional attacks on security forces do happen; foreigners are not usually the target of violence but you should remain vigilant and exercise caution.”

The clearance has been communicated in a travel advisory that is contained in a statement on the government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

However, the statement does advise UK citizens to travel with caution, and “avoid travel by road outside major towns at night, except between Kampala and the airport at Entebbe”. http://responsibletourismcompany.com/index.php/blog/65-britain-lifts-advice-against-travel-in-uganda

Photo: Lioness in Uganda Photo in Queen Elizabeth National Park by Merv Colton
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