In the latest of a year of firsts for IGCP’s communications and media efforts, the premier issue of the IGCP newsletter, The Silverback Standard, has been released worldwide both electronically and in print. The Silverback Standard aims to set the standard for news, views and information on mountain gorilla conservation from the spectacular rugged, rainy and emerald slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of East-Central Africa.
The Standard will bring you the latest happenings and updates from IGCP’s diverse and dynamic work in the National Parks and communities which the gorillas and their human neighbors call home. For the premier issue, coverage begins with IGCP’s mountain gorilla awareness efforts for the UN declared “Year of the Gorilla” in 2009. Inside are reports on IGCP’s call to action after the break out of a rare national park fire, project reports on a new cultural center launch and successful completion of a Park safety wall tackling the burgeoning problem of human-animal conflict, as well as a first look at IGCP’s groundbreaking initiative on mountain gorillas and climate change. This issue’s staff profile reveals IGCP Director Eugene Rutagarama’s deep commitment to our hairy cousins and biodiversity conservation, while the regular feature Gorilla Tracks answers the question, “what makes mountain gorillas different from other gorilla subspecies?”
The Silverback Standard, unlike its massive muscled namesake, is a modest animal, featured a selection of our brightest highlights from our current work in a four page bi-annual format. With your support and feedback, we hope to graduate to chest thumping on a quarterly basis with added pages and features, so please be sure to send us your comments.
Happy Reading! We hope you will enjoy The Silverback Standard, and will share it with your family, friends and colleagues. You can download a full electronic copy by clicking on the two links here: