Putting Out the Fire

Hi everybody! This is Media Programme Officer from IGCP Rwanda. Saturday, the 18th July I got a call in the morning from a beekeeper telling me that the park was on fire! I didn’t realize what would have been the magnitude at that time.  I immediately contacted the park authorities only to be informed that…

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Gorillas Believed To Be Safe As National Park Fire Extinguished

The Rwanda National Park Service, local authorities, community members, police and a cadre of soldiers are battling a fire in Volcanoes National Park accidentally set by a local beekeeper. The fire started when Serugendo Faustin set down an implement used to drive away bees. On Saturday morning July 18th, Faustin went to harvest honey near…

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Launching the Kinigi Cultural Center

Wellard here again.  In my last post I wrote about my first visit back to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in my capacity as Enterprise Officer for the IGCP Congo Program after the long civil conflict there. Today I want to share with you a more celebratory and team-oriented reflection from our Rwanda Program:…

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Increase in DRC Habituated Mountain Gorilla Population

IGCP has played an integral role in a recently completed survey of the habituated gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, which revealed that despite continued conflict in and around the Park, the habituated gorilla population has actually increased in the past two years. With support and assistance from the IGCP DRC…

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Mysterious Gorilla Death in Bwindi Under Investigation

An adult female gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda has died under mysterious circumstances. The female, named Kasongo, was from the Mubare gorilla family, which is habituated and visited by tourists. On the evening of March 6th, Kasongo was found dead on public land near the Bwindi Park headquarters in Buhoma. Dr. Ssebide of…

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IGCP Provides Emergency Funding in Congo for Gorilla Protection

IGCP has recently provided upwards of $50,000 to the Congolese national park authority to help ensure mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park are protected from the ravages of war. The complex conflict in the Congo, which has been simmering for years, recently erupted again, with rebels led by dissident…

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Clouds Eco Lodge Wins Investment Award

Less than a year after its official opening, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, has won a top award for investment.  Clouds was cited as first runner-up in the Uganda Investment Authority’s annual investor award programme.  Clouds was built as a partnership between IGCP, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the Uganda…

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Naming Gorillas in Rwanda

Jamie – the IGCP Communications Officer – here again. I am recently back from Kwita Izina – Rwanda’s mountain gorilla naming ceremony. Kwita Izina is held every year to name all the baby gorillas that were born in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda in the past twelve months. This year eighteen babies were named, and…

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Back to eastern DRC — a first visit since the war

Hi, this is Wellard again –writing to tell you about the rest of our visit to DRC, a journey of mixed emotions. After leaving the beekeepers, we traveled another 12 kilometres of bumpy road to the T-junction to the local army base and the National Park authorities’ offices, Rumangabo Station. There we saw an amazing…

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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