Gorillas in Gabon
Gabon made a bold bid to diversify its economy by creating 13 national parks in 2002, most of them containing gorilla habitat. Habituation is underway at Mikongo, on the east side of Lopé National Park; although the western lowland gorilla (WLGs) are still wary, tracking them is an amazing experience and even a glimpse is rewarding.
Moukalaba-Doudou NP has some of the highest densities of gorillas, and an ecotourism project has begun there with help from the gorilla organisation.
Loango National Park offers the rare combination of rainforest and Atlantic beach, where hippos have been seen surfing, whales and dolphins surface offshore and the forests are home to gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants.