Augustin Kanyunyi Basabose, one of Africa's leading experts on Great Apes, is now the Interim Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) - a coalition of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
In the heart of the Virunga Massif, unhabituated mountain gorillas range. Unfortunately, poachers also range there, setting traps called snares for wildlife. In early February, one of those unhabituated mountain gorillas was found dead, after what was likely several days of struggling in a rope snare.
This summer, AWF hosted an exclusive member safari to Uganda and Rwanda. There, the intrepid safari goers formed intimate relationships with each country, trekking through dense bamboo thickets to see mountain gorillas and spying chimpanzees in the rainforest. For guest Colleen, the friendships and memories made won’t soon be forgotten.