Spreading the wealth from mountain gorillas

Having mountain gorillas in your backyard can, in many ways, be seen as a curse. They occasionally raid the gardens you depend on and work so hard to cultivate. And each and every day you see foreigners coming and going and spending money that never seems to benefit your family. Now, though, people who live…

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IGCP contributes to the International Primatological Society Congress

The 23rd International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress has drawn to a close. The theme of this congress was, “Quest for Coexistence with Nonhuman Primates.” During this congress, fruitful discussions and exchange of research and conservation programs on primate species all over the world took place on a broad spectrum of topics. Topics encompassed different domains…

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Merging climate models with local knowledge

Although all participants in a recent climate change workshop come from areas within sight of the mighty volcanoes that mark the borders between Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC, it took well-planned logistics to bring them together in the same room. There are issues of transportation as well as cultural and lingual inclusion. On Monday, September 20,…

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A Snapshot of Conservation Incentives in Rwanda

The women of Kinigi and Nyange Sector know what they are up against- population density is high and their farms are small. Seeking alternatives, they now sit together two days a week, meticulously binding and weaving colorful baskets. Women selling handicrafts to tourists might be something you can see in many parts of the world,…

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IGCP Thanks Mark Mwine for 8 Years of Service

It is with a mixture of sadness and sincere appreciation for his contributions to conservation that IGCP says farewell to Conservation Incentives Officer Mark Mwine. In an evening celebration on September 13 in Kabale, Mark was acknowledged in turn by over twenty colleagues and friends from not only IGCP, but Nature Uganda, CARE Uganda, CARE…

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14 Baby Gorillas Named in Ceremony

Earlier this month, 14 mountain gorillas were named during the 6th annual gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina. With the entire mountain gorilla population critically low at approximately 680 individuals, each birth is cause for celebration. Thousands of people made their way the foot of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to celebrate this year’s Kwita Izina…

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A Volcanic Ten Days Tracking Gorillas

This is Augustin Basabose, IGCP Conservation Coordinator. The ten days I recently spent counting the legendary mountain gorillas of the Virunga Massif was an experiment in patience, perseverance and discovery. The last census at this site took place in 2003, and therefore it was high time to redo the count to get an idea about…

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Living the 2010 Gorilla Census Experience In Team 2

From March 1st to April 27th, 2010; there has been a mountain gorilla census in the Virunga Massif. Mountain gorillas are a critically endangered Great Ape species that remained unknown to the Western world until October 17th, 1902 when Captain Robert von Beringe discovered and brought them to the Western attention. Since their discovery, mountain…

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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