Celebrating New Life: Rwanda Names Fourteen New Mountain Gorilla Babies

Every year my family grows, proudly says the Silverback, and, new babies are added onto our family, adds, the adult female, and, our naming ceremony is always special. It is graced by world dignitaries that honorably give us names, the sub-adult male gorilla chips in. Every year since 2005, Rwanda Development Board conducts a gorilla…

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Virunga Mountain Gorilla Project: IGCP and Likano enter into partnership.

 It´s one of these “once in a lifetime” moments: spotting the first black haired mountain gorilla in a green sea of leaves – you’ll never forget that. The rainforest of the Virunga massif is home of the mountain gorillas and marks a hotspot of biodiversity – golden monkeys and many other animals, plants and birds…

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THE SILVERBACK STANDARD NEWSLETTER, JUNE 2017

It is Here, the 17th Volume of the Silverback Standard Newsletter! In this exciting June edition IGPC newsletter June 2017, we bring you updates on the ended Virunga Census and upcoming Bwindi census, events from the 4th IGCP annual technical advisors meeting, the on-going collection of faecal samples of habituated gorillas in Virunga national park…

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SMART Program Get New Boost

Everyone loves an efficient electronic gadget. Everyday new electronics are made, improved and or purchased. The new digital/technology era has definitely taken over traditional means of work, communication and transport. Needless to say it makes life a lot easier. Every sector seems to be getting integrated into this new world order, wildlife conservation inclusive. Cognizant…

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Rwanda Places a High Value on its Mountain Gorillas

On 6th May the Rwanda Development Board announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from US$ 750 to US $1,500 for all visitors.What does the increase in the price of gorilla permits mean to gorilla tourism and conservation? What do conservationists and tourists think about this price increment? “This decision is both brave…

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When Technical Advisors Meet

It is always exciting to travel somewhere and meet colleagues, friends, family or even new people; it is even more refreshing to go out there and break the office routine, share/exchange ideas and meals with others. This is the practice at IGCP and its coalition partners. Every year since 2013, the technical advisory group (TAG)…

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THE SILVERBACK STANDARD NEWSLETTER – Special Edition

Hello readers, welcome to the special edition of the Silverback Standard Newsletter – a quarterly publication for the IGCP. In this special edition we celebrate IGCP’s  Twenty five years of collaboration for Mountain Gorilla Conservation in the region. In this publication the IGCP Director also shares about IGCP’s work and lessons in conservation, while the…

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TEAM Project Marks Three Years in the Virunga Massif!

Deep into the forests Reconyx HC 500 camera traps are installed/deployed onto trees to capture information on distribution and frequency of terrestrial vertebrates and ground-dwelling birds. The cameras are water proof so one doesn’t have to worry about the changing weather. The IGCP Field Assistant, with support from park staff, deploys camera traps in Volcanoes…

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Pro-Poor Gorilla Tourism Project Launched around Bwindi National Park

Commenting on the expected project outputs, the IGCP tourism specialist, Salvatrice Muzabeyezu, expresses optimism about the projects ability to improve community livelihoods and conservation; “A project that is pro-poor is strategic and relevant. I am hopeful that if well implemented household incomes and awareness on gorilla conservation will increase, while the quality of tourism products…

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The work of IGCP is to facilitate collaborative actions for conservation of mountain gorillas and their habitat.

Anna Behm Masozera – IGCP Director