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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Quiet Conservation

One of my favorite parts of traveling internationally, especially for work, is not knowing what you’ll learn. You enter with what expertise you have, jump in and try to make something happen. Simultaneously learning at least two new cultures (work and the region), you discover things about your field, yourself, and your preconceptions that can…

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Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge to safeguard wild gorillas

Online pledge at www.gorillafriendly.org makes tourists partners in conservation of gorillas in the wild  Kigali, Rwanda, 20 June 2014 – The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) and Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) announce the launch of the Gorilla Friendly™ Pledge, an awareness raising campaign developed to minimize the risk of disease transmission from human to…

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Gorilla & community protectors in DRC receive training, equipment

Don’t be alarmed. The photo above is not an emergency scene, it is a training scene. From October 3rd to 5th, 40 HuGo team members from different corners around the Mikeno sector participated in a training held in Bukima on the edge of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ‘HuGo’ is short…

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Daily info gathering by rangers feeds park planning

Data crunching. It’s not very glamorous, but it is vitally important to the conservation of the critically-endangered mountain gorillas. Up-to-date, relevant and timely information is an essential prerequisite which enables managers of protected areas to make informed decisions, to monitor and evaluate, and to plan. Use of information is an integral part of effective protected…

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Nose prints and mountain gorilla know-how

All gorillas are just as physically and genetically different as you are from your neighbor. To know these differences helps to monitor mountain gorilla population demographic changes and health status of habituated gorillas. Knowing the identities of all individual gorillas in the habituated groups and maintaining a database on the demographic changes of these gorillas…

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Back to the business of mountain gorilla monitoring

Monitoring the location and health of habituated mountain gorillas is something, under ideal circumstances, that happens every day. Unfortunately, the conditions in different parts of the Virunga Massif have been far from ideal for a good part of this year. In the Democratic Republic of Congo side of the Virunga Massif, in Virunga National Park’s…

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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