Permits for such journeys are often fully booked months in advance, and this has always caused friction between tour operators and the UWA. The online initiative, however, allows "tourists" to follow gorillas from the comfort of their home or office.
There are an estimated 720 mountain gorillas left worldwide, over half of which live in Uganda. According to The World Conservation Union, they are one of the three species of gorilla in danger of extinction.
This new online initiative has been designed to coincide with the United Nations declaration of 2009 as the year of the gorilla.
Sign up for MIS Asia eNewsletters.