In the 1970s, only 250 mountain gorillas were left in the Virunga Mountains
along the border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly called Zaire) and Uganda.
This location lies at an altitude of about 1,600 metres (5,200 ft), on Rutshuru River, in the Virunga Mountains
, close to the International borders with the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Rwanda.
The Virunga mountains
which straddle Rwanda, DRC and Uganda are the only place in the world where one can see the rare mountain gorillas, of which there are only around 950 left in the world.
The first is found on the Virunga mountains
of thethree countries and the second in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Uganda.
Overall, the genetic diversity of the Cross River gorilla population is comparable to two mountain gorilla populations in the Virunga Mountains
and Bwindi National Park.
Just over half of those live in the Virunga Mountains
, on the borders of three developing countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.
High-quality Rwanda Blue Bourbon coffee beans were grown in western Rwanda, on and around the Virunga Mountains
, and in central Rwanda near Kigali.
On Saturday (June 21, 2008), at the foot of the Virunga Mountains
in Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi, Dubai World Africa announced Platinum Sponsorship, the highest possible contribution to the cause of conserving and protecting the region where the mountain gorillas live and ensuring its future.
The mountain gorillas of Rwanda's Virunga Mountains
are the country's primary tourist attraction and one of the two g-words with which Rwanda has become inextricably linked, the other, of course, being genocide.
Poaching, human-transmitted diseases, habitat destruction, and decreasing biodiversity threaten the future of the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Mountains
The gorillas were discovered when two poachers led authorities to the dead animals in the Virunga Mountains
, a chain of extinct volcanoes straddling the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
About half the remaining members of the species live in the Virunga Mountains
, a chain of towering volcanoes located in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).