KIGALI — Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has suspended research and tourism activities in three of the four national parks in the country over coronavirus.
The parks where tourism activities have been suspended are; Volcanoes, Gishwati-Mukura and Nyungwe National Parks are home to many primates that are susceptible to infections.
“Gorillas and chimpanzees are known to be susceptible to infection with human respiratory pathogens,” reads part of the statement from RDB.
The notice added that the measures were put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic among the wildlife.
The suspension which takes effect on March 21 however, doesn’t affect Akagera National Park, the country’s biggest and home to the Big 5
“Akagera will remain open to visitors with the Ministry of Health’s covid-19 monitoring measures.”
Known to have close traits as humans, gorillas the latest count shows there is approximately 1,000 gorillas in the wild, with 604 in the Virunga Massif, at the latest count.
On another hand, Nyungwe National Park has the highest population of chimpanzees-over 400 individuals- and other 12 primates species while others can be found in Gishwati-Mukura national park.
Having contributed 14.8 % to the GDP, the sector is among the greatest contributors to the economic development of the country.