05 Feb '12, 10pm

Price of gorilla permit increases to $750/day

Price of gorilla permit increases to $750/day

Price of gorilla permit increases to $750/day mongabay.com February 05, 2012 Mountain gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The price of a daily gorilla permit has more than doubled since this photo was taken in 2006. Rwanda has raised the price of a permit to see mountain gorillas to $750 per day starting June 1, 2012, up from $500. While the price is steep, the program each year raises millions of dollars in revenue for gorilla conservation, including $8 million in Rwanada alone in 2008, according to a 2011 study published in PLoS ONE . The number of permits available each day is limited to reduce the impact of gorilla tourism on the endangered apes. Around 20,000 visited Rwanda's gorillas in 2008. The program seems to be working: mountain gorilla populations have steadily increased in recent years, with the combined number in Uganda, Rwanda and Democra...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0205-gorilla_permit_rwanda....

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