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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Amazing Humba!

This is Eugene Rutagarama, Director of IGCP. I have worked for gorillas for quite a while, but visiting them never ceases to be a fascinating experience. Last Thursday, together with some colleagues, I had another amazing gorilla visit, checking in with the Humba group in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Mikeno sector of…

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Gorilla Teeth on a Perfect Morning

Benjamin, Augustin and James let out a hearty laugh. “Did you see that? It happened so fast! She definitely doesn’t like us today!” This could have been a scene from a café, where we were sitting having some coffee and all boasting, revisiting our various clumsy attempts to garner some attention. But today I was…

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Tracking the Twins – Part 2

Here’s more on my experience tracking the Nkuringo gorilla group in Uganda, which I blogged about earlier. As I emerge from the scrubby undergrowth of the Park-to-farm transitional forest I am startled by Mama Christmas, and older female who has broken from the pack and is sitting stoically on top of a huge boulder overlooking…

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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