It had drizzled since morning, the weather was cold and the road so bad with several water filled potholes, but none of these could deter us from seeing the healing specialist blessed with natural knowledge and skills on the use of traditional herbs. So much had been said about him and his group members by…

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New census critical for future of mountain gorillas in transboundary Virunga Massif

A new census of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Virunga Massif launching today will help gauge the impact of conservation work in the area and play a vital role in guiding future efforts to safeguard the critically endangered great ape and its fragile and restricted habitat. Led by the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration…

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Conservation Diplomacy: Mountain gorillas as ambassadors

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Rwanda signed a treaty at a ceremony held in Kinshasa, DRC, witnessed by a senior delegation from the Republic of Uganda, confirming the commitment of the three States to work together for the conservation of the Greater Virunga Landscape. As pen was being…

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Rwanda Celebrates the 11th Gorilla Naming Ceremony – Kwita Izina!

At a colorful ceremony, Twenty four baby gorillas were named on 5th Sept at Kinigi, Musanze District, Rwanda by a cross section of people and dignitaries from Rwanda and around the world. The baby gorillas named were born in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, in 2014 and 2015. Below is a list of the named gorillas:…

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New “Gorilla Water” rainwater Harvesting Tanks Under Construction Around Virunga National Park, DRC

Scarcity of water sources in areas surrounding Virunga National Park leads bordering populations to turn towards the few water sources inside the Park, a situation not ideal for people or wildlife conservation. IGCP, with support from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration continues to implement its rainwater harvesting programme. Under this program IGCP provides rainwater harvesting…

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The nutritional and livelihood needs of people is the connection between mushrooms and mountain gorillas. IGCP with financial support from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration recently embarked on building the capacity of women around Virunga National Park to not only grow mushrooms, but support others to do so as well. IGCP believes that if human…

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The SilverBack Standard Newsletter Relaunched!

SilverbackStandard_Vol11_English VersionSIlverbackStandard_Vol11_French Version This is a quarterly Newsletter of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. This edition features, Camera traps, Human wildlife conflict management, establishment of the Gorilla DNA library and Staff Profiles. We invite you to read on and share your comments and observations. We hope this Newsletter is to your liking.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: Stakeholders Assess the Performance of the Revenue Sharing Program in Kisoro and Kabale Districts District, Uganda

Clad in heavy jackets, sweaters and shawls hanging across the shoulders, everybody seemed to be ‘folded into themselves’ and freezing from the cold. Silence filled the room in which they sat and I couldn’t help wondering if any heated discussion would come from this very cold environment, but alas! underneath the coldness was a vibrant…

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After five years of hard work, Gitenderi Environment Project Community Group in Gitenderi parish, Nyarusiza Sub County, Kisoro District organized a party to celebrate their efforts in completing the construction of a 1.5 Km stone wall referred to as a “buffalo wall.” The party was organized on 18th April at Rurembwe primary school. Excited about…

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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