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Remembering a Heroic Gorilla Guardian

A young mountain gorilla in Virunga. Photo by Maryke Gray

Attacks on park staff, rangers, and scouts are always deeply disturbing to me.  These true friends of wildlife and champions of conservation are on the frontlines securing parks, guarding wildlife, and protecting people living around wildlife.

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Looping Locals in to Ecological Efforts

Bonobo in the Congo. Photo by Craig Sholley

For the first time, everyday Congolese are taking an active role in the conservation of their country’s bonobos. In the Congo landscape, AWF has trained 50 people from the Congolese wildlife authority, Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature  (ICCN), and the local community to use CyberTracker technology units to conduct ecological monitoring in the Lomako–Yokokala Faunal Reserve.

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Sam Takes a Death Defying Ride

A boat ride in DRC

A Boat Ride Into the Congo

At the moment we are deep in the Nairobi Headquarters section of the project; we have almost another month here yet. Our work is an eclectic mix of different aspects of different projects, from having sessions with different people and having the chance to seek out particular activities that we want to work on.

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Discussing Great Apes and Wildlife Crime at ABCG-WWF Event

Great ape wildlife trade​​

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the African Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) brown bag meeting on the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) African Great Apes Program—you can see that we love acronyms in conservation—on AWF’s behalf.

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Being Neighborly in the Virunga Massif

The Virunga Massif is divvied up among three countries, and there is a place in the Massif where Rwandan farmland abuts a Congolese park. On any given day, there is conflict.

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