Conservation: From Academia to on the Ground Realities

By Sarah Tolbert, IGCP Intern (above left with IGCP conservation team) As a graduate student studying conservation and development, I’ve read my fair share of articles critiquing and praising integrated conservation and development (ICD) interventions. I thought I had a decent grasp on what interventions tended to work and which ones were doomed to fail….

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Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge to safeguard wild gorillas

Online pledge at www.gorillafriendly.org makes tourists partners in conservation of gorillas in the wild  Kigali, Rwanda, 20 June 2014 – The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) and Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) announce the launch of the Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge, an awareness raising campaign developed to minimize the risk of disease transmission from human to…

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Virunga: Conservation undeterred

One cannot say too much, nor say it too loudly, about Virunga National Park, its biodiversity and the people who depend on it and protect it. Virunga has just emerged from a period of intense armed conflict, which has been vividly portrayed in the film Virunga, which is currently being shown throughout North America and…

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Gorilla & community protectors in DRC receive training, equipment

Don’t be alarmed. The photo above is not an emergency scene, it is a training scene. From October 3rd to 5th, 40 HuGo team members from different corners around the Mikeno sector participated in a training held in Bukima on the edge of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ‘HuGo’ is short…

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Daily info gathering by rangers feeds park planning

Data crunching. It’s not very glamorous, but it is vitally important to the conservation of the critically-endangered mountain gorillas. Up-to-date, relevant and timely information is an essential prerequisite which enables managers of protected areas to make informed decisions, to monitor and evaluate, and to plan. Use of information is an integral part of effective protected…

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Nose prints and mountain gorilla know-how

All gorillas are just as physically and genetically different as you are from your neighbor. To know these differences helps to monitor mountain gorilla population demographic changes and health status of habituated gorillas. Knowing the identities of all individual gorillas in the habituated groups and maintaining a database on the demographic changes of these gorillas…

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Back to the business of mountain gorilla monitoring

Monitoring the location and health of habituated mountain gorillas is something, under ideal circumstances, that happens every day. Unfortunately, the conditions in different parts of the Virunga Massif have been far from ideal for a good part of this year. In the Democratic Republic of Congo side of the Virunga Massif, in Virunga National Park’s…

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A long and weary week

It has been almost nine months of renewed insecurity in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which includes the area where IGCP works alongside Virunga National Park for the conservation of the park’s mountain gorillas. However, this week, that insecurity – in the form of outright armed battle – came to Goma,…

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DAVID ATTENBOROUGH – IGCP AMBASSADOR