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Some of our successful activities from the last few years are listed here:

One of the Biggest Ape Traffickers of Africa Arrested

July 2017

Abdourahamane Sidibé, a major wildlife trafficker of Guinean nationality, was arrested on 18 February 2017 in Conakry in a special operation by...[details]

A Brief Update on the Proposed Superhighway in Cross River State

July 2017

In March 2016 the Federal Ministry of the Environment issued Cross River State a stop work order pending approval of an environmental impact...[details]

Adoption of Community Development Projects by the Population near Mount Tshiaberimu

July 2017

The term 'adoption of projects' is understood to mean the acceptance of the projects and their integration into local and daily activities on the...[details]

The Itombwe Forest is now Protected

August 2016

The Itombwe Reserve’s boundaries were formally approved by Provincial decree in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a significant step towards...[details]

Bwindi Apes Conservation Education Partnership

July 2016

The Bwindi Apes Conservation Education Partnership (BACEP) is a collaborative project of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology...[details]

Development Activities in the Vicinity of the Sarambwe Reserve

July 2016

Located close to Virunga National Park, the Sarambwe Reserve and Mount Tshiaberimu are two threatened sites where gorillas still occur. As ecotourism...[details]

Development Activities in the Vicinity of Mount Tshiaberimu

July 2016

Located close to Virunga National Park, the Sarambwe Reserve and Mount Tshiaberimu are two threatened sites where gorillas still occur. As ecotourism...[details]

Trees around Tshiaberimu

December 2014

In 2008, a cry for help came from the Mount Tshiaberimu area due to a rush of people cutting wood and producing charcoal. The profitability of this...[details]

First donation by ajoofa

February 2014

Handing over of the check at ajoofa in Ulm (© ajoofa)

On February 6th, 2014, we received the first donation by the T-shirt company ajoofa. Marcus Handvest handed over a symbolic check with the donation...[details]

Renovation of Afi Sanctuary Headquarters

February 2013

The Headquarter before renovation (© WCS Nigeria)

We transferred the first funds for project support in 2013: Andrew Dunn, our partner at WCS Nigeria, had asked us to fund the renovation of the Afi...[details]

Planting Trees for Gorilla Conservation

January 2012

Schüler in der Baumschule (© Augustin Rwimo)

The population of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo depends on charcoal for cooking. To obtain it, they cut large areas of forest, even in...[details]

Sarambwe Reserve Support Project by VONA

July 2011

Ranger patrol on a trail that marks the boundary of the Sarambwe Reserve (© Augustin Rwimo)

The Sarambwe Reserve Integrated Management Support Project ran from 2009 to early 2011. The project was funded by IUCN France and B&RD and...[details]

Signs of Success in Sarambwe

December 2010

Discussion between the population, VONA, ICCN and MONUSCO in Satambwe (© Claude Sikubwabo)

Conservation of the Sarambwe Reserve has faced many difficulties for many years: security problems, invasions of foreign nationals, and a lack of...[details]

Approaches to Saving Gorillas in Nigeria

December 2010

WCS education coordinator, Mark Otu (right), hands over the keys of a snail pen to one of the project beneficiaries, John Kidze, as he receives hunting gear from him (© WCS)

Cross River gorillas face diverse threats resulting from high human population densities around the areas they inhabit. Efforts to save these...[details]

Compasses and GPS Devices for the Rangers

September 2009

Our assistant Claude Sikubwabo hands over compasses and GPS devices to the ICCN (© Claude Sikubwabo)

For the Mikeno Sector we handed over this urgently needed equipment to the Virunga National Park administration.[details]

Food for Patrols

November 2008

For their patrols in the Sarambwe Reserve during one year the rangers were provided with food rations.[details]

Training of HuGo Members

October 2008

In the villages close to the gorilla national parks in Uganda and Rwanda, HuGo (Human-Gorilla Conflict Intervention) teams are working to improve the...[details]

Construction of a Ranger Post

September 2006

A new patrol post for the rangers (© Andrew Dunn)

In Bumaji (Cross River National Park) a new patrol post for the ranger was funded by us.[details]

Digital Cameras

September 2008

We donated two digital cameras to the rangers of the Mikeno Sector (Virunga National Park) for gorilla monitoring.[details]

Binoculars for the rangers

May 2008

For their work in the Sarambwe Reserve the rangers received two high-quality binoculars.[details]

Equipment for Gorilla Census

March 2008

Local porters carry the survey equipment through the forest (© Pius Nkumba, WCS TMLP)

For their patrols in the Sarambwe Reserve during one year the rangers were provided with food rations. Related News:Additional Support when the...[details]

Sweaters for Rangers

January 2008

Rangers of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park with new sweaters (© Carlos Schuler)

The rangers of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, of the Mikeno Sector in the Virunga National Park and of the Volcano National Park received green...[details]

Uniforms for the Virunga National Park and the Sarambwe Reserve

September 2007

Uniforms for the Virunga National Park and the Sarambwe Reserve (© Claude Sikubwabo)

The rangers of the Mikeno Sector and the Sarambwe Reserve received complete uniforms with patches.[details]

Rain Jackets for the Rangers

January 2007

Rangers in Rwanda with rain jackets

In the Mikeno Sector of the Virunga National Park and in the Volcano National Park the rangers received high-quality rain jackets from us.[details]

Rain Jackets and Backpacks for the Rangers

November 2006

Rangers received urgently needed equipment from us.[details]

Construction of a Base Camp

October 2006

Base camp in the Mbe Mountains (© Andrew Dunn)

In the Mbe Reserve a base camp was constructed with our donation. Related News:News from Nigeria[details]

Support of Urgent Needs of the Local Population

July 2006

The Mwami (traditional chief) in front of the community meeting house (© Carlos Schuler)

In the surroundings of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park's corridor, community committees discussed the most urgent needs. According to their priority...[details]

Computers and Printer

January 2006

A computer for the management of Kahuzi-Biega (© Carlos Schuler)

The office of the Kahuzi-Biega National Parks received two computers and a printer.[details]

Printing of a Gorilla Book for Schools

October 2005

Pupils studying the book "A day in gorillaland"

Waltraud Ndagijimana wrote the book "A day in gorillaland" for English lessons at schools near the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; we...[details]

  • John Oates hands over equipment for the rangers of the Cross River National Park to Alhaji Marguba (© Andrew Dunn)
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