Gorrillas in our Midst (2007): Spend a small fortune to buy a permit and you’ll get to watch endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
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Eco-tourism is helping to ensure the survival of the worlds last wild mountain gorillas. Tourists pay up to $650 a day for the privilege of watching these animals in their natural habitat.#
Leonidas Zimarinda has watched over Rwandas gorillas for almost 30 years. I track them until I find them and then keep an eye on them. Protecting these endangered animals has become high priority since the government realised just how lucrative eco-tourism could be. The worth of gorilla permits is probably $33 million a year, states Rosette Rugamba from Rwandas tourist authority. In recent years, sales of permits have doubled. But not everyone with money is welcome. As gorillas share 98% of our DNA, they are vulnerable to our diseases. Anyone with a cold is turned away.
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