Rwanda Names 24 gorilla Infants on World Gorilla Day!

As the world marked World Gorilla Day 2020 today 24th Sept, Rwanda celebrated the day in style as it named 24 gorilla infants born in the Volcanoes National park between  2019 and 2020. The 16th annual Kwita Izina” (gorilla naming ceremony) was virtual due to the COVID – 19 precautions and happens to be the…

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Why You Need to Take the Mountain Gorilla FriendlyTM Pledge.

Did you know that you can contribute to the safety, protection and survival of mountain gorillas by pledging to comply to the gorilla visitation rules and regulations – even if you have no immediate plans to do so yourself? The Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge is an on-line awareness raising campaign aimed at encouraging all those planning…

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Mountain Gorilla Tourism in the Wake of COVID-19; How Close Should We Get?

There’s no doubt that mountain gorillas generate a good percentage of tourism revenue for the countries in which they live – DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. And that the need to suspend tourism, including visitation to mountain gorillas, has greatly affected the economies of the respective countries, the livelihoods of the park edge communities and other…

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS (EXTENDED); Incorporation of social safeguards into the Certified Gorilla FriendlyTM initiative

International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) in partnership with Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN seeks to hire the services of an expert in the field of human rights, community empowerment, or similar field to provide independent, external review as short term capacity assistance to the IGCP and WFEN in reinforcing social safeguards in its work broadly,…

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FOUR POACHERS ARRESTED OVER THE DEATH OF SILVERBACK RAFIKI

The circumstances of the death of Rafiki, the dominant silverback of Nkuringo gorilla group, were officially released by the Uganda Wildlife Authority today, outlining the cause of death to be an injury sustained by a sharp object. That sharp object seems to have been a spear, and a member of a community neighboring Bwindi Impenetrable…

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Community Livelihoods: A One Month Check In

For many households around mountain gorilla parks, tourism has been their lifeline. That is until the COVID – 19 pandemic affecting the tourism industry quickly and profoundly. For Gertrude Akankwasa a porter in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the suspension of tourism came as a shock to her. Never had she imagined that mountain gorilla tourism…

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We are Hiring!

Are you a Rwandese national, here is an opportunity for you! IGCP is seeking to fill the following positions for the Musanze, Rwanda Office; 1. Assistant Finance and Administration Officer and Required Qualifications        A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in finance or accounting and at least 3 years’ experience in accounting or related field. 2….

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SORROW AND SOLIDARITY: Attack near Virunga National Park, DRC

The International Gorilla Conservation Programme strongly condemns the attack in Rumangabo, DRC, on April 24, 2020, resulting in the tragic loss of life of civilians as well as employees and rangers of Virunga National Park. Virunga National Park, Africa’s first national park, continues to overcome incredible challenges in the preservation of wildlife while supporting livelihoods…

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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