Protected areasVolcano National Park

Volcano National Park

  • Parc National des Volcans (© Angela Meder)

Country:
Rwanda

Conservation status:
National Park,
part of Virunga Conservation Area

Area:
120 km²

Height:
Karisimbi: 4507 m,
Visoke: 3711 m,
Mgahinga: 3474 m,
Muhavura: 4127 m,
Sabinyo 3637 m

Gorillas:
Virunga Conservation Area:
c. 480 mountain gorillas

Gorilla tourism:
not possible

Rwanda, Volcano National Park -
tourist groups

  Feb. 2008 Sep. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 Aug. 2009 Dec. 2009 May 2011 Jan. 2014
Suza A 38 40 40 40 41 28 30 28
Karisimbi (Suza B)           15 16 15
Amahoro 17 18 16 16 17 16 18 17
Umubano 9 9 9 10 11 11 12 11
Hirwa 12 18 13 12 11 12 16 9
Sabinyo 8 8 9 9 9 10 12 8
Gruppe 13 (Agashya) 23 25 24 24 26 22 25 25
Kwitonda 16 17 17 16 18 19 21 18

Rwanda, Volcano National Park -
research groups

  Feb. 2008 Sep. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 Dec. 2009 May 2011 Nov. 2012 Jan. 2014
Pablo 43 43 43 45 47 47 43 7
Shinda 26 29 28          
Isabukuru 5 7 7 9 10 11 11 16
Titus 10 10 10 7 6 7 9 ?
Kuryama 12 14 14 15 15 15 14 ?
Bwenge 9 11 11 10 11 11 9 11
Inshuti   4 4 6 6 7 ? ?
Ntambara       10 11 11 12 17
Ugenda       19 12 14 9 11
Urugamba         6 5 ?  

Two Silverbacks Die in Rwanda

December 2014

The 21-year-old silverback male Umushikirano (Rano), leader of Titus group in Volcanoes National Park, was found dead on July 28, 2014 by trackers....[details]

The Work of Art of Conservation

November 2013

Singing Amahoro (peace) at Rushubi School in Musanze, Rwanda (© Art of Conservation)

Art of Conservation (AoC) is pleased to celebrate our first 7 years of successful creative learning and community development programs about...[details]

The 2011 Kwita Izina

January 2012

Performance at the Kwita Izina (© Gabriele Müller-Jensen)

Rwanda demonstrates how much the country values its few remaining mountain gorillas. Every year, Kwita Izina is celebrated in June. All mountain...[details]

Human Metapneumovirus Infection

July 2011

Mararo grooming her sick son Impundu (© Magdalena Braum)

The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla...[details]

Changing Ecological Conditions

December 2010

Cyril Grüter on top of a Virunga Volcano (© Cyril Grüter)

The mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcano Massif have been the subject of intense research and conservation efforts by the Karisoke Research...[details]

Employee Health in Kahuzi-Biega

June 2010

A ranger has his EHP health check (© MGVP)

Historically, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), in collaboration with host country national wildlife, natural resource and/or tourism...[details]

Rapid Decline in the Largest Group of Mountain Gorillas

December 2008

Interaction between the Pablo group and Beetsme’s group (© Veronica Vecellio, DFGFI)

Pablo's group is the largest habituated group of mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, or anywhere in the world. The group was...[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]

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]

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]

Respiratory Diseases in Mountain Gorillas

December 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Another Twin Birth in Kahuzi-Biega

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Situation in the Parc National des Volcans

December 1998

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Conservation Activities in Rwanda

June 2000

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Benefits and Costs of Mountain Gorilla Tourism

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]