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Gorilla Guardians

  • 06/17/08
  • Paul

When the trackers go out with the gorillas, it’s not all picture-taking and gorilla games. There’s work to be done. During our trek, Damascene and Gabriel showed me the techniques they use to collect data on the gorillas and monitor the groups – a program called Ranger-Based Monitoring (RBM).

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Tracking Gorillas

  • 06/16/08
  • Paul

In my next life I'm going to be a gorilla tracker.

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Celebrating Gorillas

  • 06/12/08
  • Paul
About a third of the world’s entire mountain gorilla population lives in Rwanda. When it’s time to celebrate the country’s treasured gorillas, Rwanda’s wildlife and parks authority, ORTPN, goes all out.

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A First Encounter

  • 06/11/08
  • Paul

I just arrived in Rwanda and am thrilled to be back in mountain gorilla territory - montane forests thick and misty as clouds. Everyone here is gearing up for Kwita Izina, an annual gorilla-naming ceremony modeled after the age-old Rwandan tradition of naming children. More on that later; I'm excited to trek into the forests and see these beautiful primates. I am reminded of Dian Fossey's passage from Gorillas in the Mist:

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Counting Leopards

To successfully estimate leopard numbers in the concession, each leopard has to be individually identified by the unique spot patterns found on its flanks and face. Each leopard has its own unique spot pattern, like fingerprints on humans.

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