The gorillas are not aggressive and rarely react to the visitors, let alone behave in a threatening manner. Tourists must follow gorilla tourism rules in order to minimize the risk of disease transmission to gorillas and avoid causing stress to the animals (see Gorilla FriendlyTM Pledge). A twisted ankle, sustained during a heavy fall on the steep trails, is a far more likely occurrence than an injury resulting from a gorilla encounter.
The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) currently consists of Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International and the World Wide Fund for Nature. We recognise that the earth's survival is dependent on humanity's ability to maintain a healthy and balanced environment that includes all species of wildlife.