Two times the good news for mountain gorilla conservation

Early February 2011 brought the birth of three mountain gorillas over a two-day period in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, including the birth of twins on February 3 to the Hirwa Family Group. “It’s uncommon among the population of gorillas, and very few cases of twins have been documented in the wild or captivity,” commented Prosper…

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Turning beekeeping into a conservation incentive

Conservation work is rarely glamorous, but the efforts made every day by IGCP staff in the field, working alongside park authorities or local communities, does at the end of the day (or week in this case) make tangible contributions to the continued existence of mountain gorillas. This blog outlines the strategic efforts made by IGCP…

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Why are conservationists in the business of honey?

Five years ago, these gentlemen carried their beehives out of Virunga National Park as keeping hives within the forest is illegal, and for good reason. They weren’t happy about it, but they did it and re-established their apiaries near their homesteads or bought other land. It was at this time that the International Gorilla Conservation…

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Network of automatic weather stations established in mountain gorilla habitat

During the last two months, I have been visiting different areas throughout the region to locate, in collaboration with park authorities, sites appropriate for the installation of automatic weather stations close to mountain gorilla habitat. When all is complete, 10 automatic weather stations will be established in the Virunga-Bwindi landscape. This post is written by…

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Vivid photography by Mattias Klum

National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum joined the census teams during the 2010 census of the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Massif and has shared his photos with all of us. IGCP is grateful to our coalition partner WWF-Sweden for support for the census and for bringing Mattias Klum. While census teams did their best to avoid…

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Pariki Yacu: Rwandan students trek mountain gorillas

This is Anna Behm Masozera writing my first personal blog post as communications officer for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. In the last few months, IGCP has facilitated getting over one hundred Rwandan secondary school students and their teachers and headmasters into Volcanoes National Park (or PNV) to trek mountain gorillas and many more to…

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Biodiversity, Education and Conservation: IGCP as case study

The following is a speech given by IGCP’s Director, Eugène Rutagarama, on December 16, 2010 by invitation from the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO for World Science Day. Biodiversity – education – conservation – sustainable development. Even if we take each of these terms separately, they are broad in…

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Patrol Posts: IGCP’s (Your) present to mountain gorilla conservation

IGCP has handed over patrol posts in Sarambwe Natural Reserve in DRC as well as in Nkuringo near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. These patrol posts were built with support from IGCP’s private and foundation donors including Berggorilla und Regenwald Direkthilfe for Sarambwe; and the Arcus Foundation, Chris Powles, and HDH Wills for Nkuringo….

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The water tank is only part of what is needed

Last week, IGCP Director Eugène Rutagarama wrote about visiting the water tanks constructed around Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This week we continue the exploration of the role of water in the conservation of gorillas and their habitat, this time across the border in Uganda. Three newly constructed communal rainwater harvesting tanks were officially commissioned…

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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