BWINDI, UGANDA -- FEBRUARY 17, 2009 -- More than a third of the world's remaining 786 mountains gorillas live in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwest Uganda. The others live in the same mountains, but across the boarder in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Rwanda. These gorillas provide a major source of tourist dollars to the East African nation. Adventurous tourists come from all over the world to shell out $500 a piece to tromp through the jungle and spend an hour with the gorillas. The gorillas have been picking up new ailments ¿ measles and scabies ¿ from people who live around the park. Tourists who show signs of cold or flu or other illnesses are not allowed to trek into the forest, for fear they might infect the gorillas with another disease that can jump form humans to gorillas. Humans and gorillas are close genetic cousins on the tree of live, sharing nearly 98% of their DNA. ( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )
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