Amid rebel militia advancements toward Rumangabo, where Virunga National Park headquarters is located, the park has evacuated most of the rangers and their families in order to keep them out of harm's way. Photo by LuAnne Cadd/ Virunga National Park.
On July 8, 2012, nearly 800 people- rangers and their families- were evacuated from Virunga National Park headquarters at Rumangabo and taken to the town of Goma, approximately 40 km to the south. Approximately 30 rangers and Virunga National Park warden Emmanuel de Merode stayed behind to protect the park headquarters and the four orphaned mountain gorillas at the Senkwekwe Center.
Last weekend, Rwanda hosted the 8th Annual mountain gorilla naming ceremony called Kwita Izina. Here is a taste of the two-day event, in which all get to celebrate the conservation of the critically-endangered mountain gorillas. Photos by Jackson Rwasa for IGCP.
Living in a tropical climate means that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish one part of the year from another. The clues - more rain or less rain - are more subtle than more temperate climates. However, you know it is June when talk of the town is Kwita Izina, or the annual gorilla-naming ceremony held in Rwanda.
One, two, and now three mountain gorilla groups in Virunga National Park have been found and all members accounted for.
What would you place more value on, a cow or a gorilla?
Chances are your response is 'gorilla'. But for people living near the gorilla parks, a cow is far more valuable, potentially life-changing. Benjamin Mugabukomeye, IGCP's Conservation Incentives Officer based in Musanze, Rwanda, sent in photographs from a ceremony yesterday (May 31, 2012) during which 100 cows were given to the poorest of Nyange and Kinigi Sectors near Volcanoes National Park.