If you've read this far, you're probably asking yourself what you might do to help the mountain gorillas. While there are no easy solutions, we have found several ways in which you can make a difference.
Many believe that tourism has done more to protect the Virunga mountain gorillas than any other conservation efforts. It costs US $120 per person to visit the mountain gorillas in Zaire, which is a significant amount in a country with a per capita income of less than $450. While this may sound horribly commercial to some, the fact is that the money incents the local people to protect their gorillas, rather than poach them for private collectors or food. Personal visits also change the way people view the gorillas, and result in much broader dissemination of their plight.