Mountain Gorillas were made famous by Diane Fossey, who dedicated her life to their future and immortalised them in her book, and the film, Gorillas in the Mist.
There are no more than 700 Mountain Gorillas remaining in the world today, of which 355 live in the Virunga Volcanoes. In the past, poaching and habitat destruction were the main cause for concern. However, with publicity, tourism and education regarding the plight of the Mountain Gorilla, the authorities have been able to halt this rapid decline.
Seeing them in their own habitat is not only an extremely rich experience, but is also a way to generate revenue desperately needed for their preservation.