Eugène Named Rwanda’s Conservation King by CNN

Featured | 1/06/10

We at IGCP are thrilled to announce that our very own Eugène Rutagarama is being featured on CNN’s African Voices.

Recipient of the Jean Paul Getty Prize in 1996, the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2001, and recognized as a CNN Hero in 2007, Eugène is the director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP). He was forced to flee Rwanda during the genocide in 1991, but returned to help rebuild his country’s national parks while determined to protect the mountain gorillas.

In the CNN profile, Eugène talks about his experiences and his attachment to the world’s most highly endangered great ape, in whose eyes he sees the “need for protection, the need for friendship.”

Watch the CNN clip here.

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The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) currently consists of Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International and the World Wide Fund for Nature. We recognise that the earth's survival is dependent on humanity's ability to maintain a healthy and balanced environment that includes all species of wildlife.