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Virunga: Mountain gorilla sanctuary under threat

Photo of family of 4 mountain gorillas in Virunga

          

There is greater biodiversity in Africa’s Albertine Rift region where Virunga National Park is located than in any other ecosystem in Africa. This richly diverse array of habitats is home to critical populations of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

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Mountain Gorillas and Mountain Climbs

Baby mountain gorilla in Virunga

Well, the past two weeks have flown by, and Angel and I have been very busy completing the community surveys across the two sectors. It’s a large area so we have tried to ensure that we have covered as many people as possible, including trekking to communities on the Volcanoes National Park boundary and into outlying villages.

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The Volcanoes of Rwanda

Mt. Bisoke, Virunga Mountains

As we climbed out of Kigali on to one of the ridges leading north-west to the Volcanoes National Park area I was surprised to see the lush, green landscape spreading out across the ridges and valleys way into the distance. This landscape contrasted dramatically with northern Botswana where I have just spent three weeks—where it is dry, dusty and sandy with sparse vegetation except along the rivers.

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Celebrating Women in Conservation on International Women’s Day

Lilly Ajarova, Executive Director of Chimpanzee Trust Uganda, examining a chimpanzee

International Women’s Day is a global day for celebrating the achievements of women, past, present, and future. It is also a day for highlighting the inequities and challenges which still need to be addressed regarding women’s involvement in all sectors of society. 

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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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