Wherever gorillas occur, human settlements are usually not far away: over recent decades, the human populations have gone up a lot and they occupy ever more of the forested areas, however remote. For this reason, cases where the interests of gorillas and those of people clash are more and more frequent.


If a forest is logged, the animals may fail to find enough food and so help themselves from the farmers' fields. The farmers defend themselves against the destruction of their livelihood by trying to chase away the plunderers, occasionally killing gorillas in the process. Animals that are used to people are more likely to penetrate into the vicinity of human settlements and are therefore particularly at risk.


In the densely populated areas near the habitats of the mountain gorillas, committees have been formed to demonstrate to the farmers how they can chase off the gorillas without hurting them. This model has been so successful that other areas have also adopted it. In addition, many projects train teachers to help them develop children's awareness of the local fauna in school and teach them to build a good relationship with their environment.

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[Translate to EN:] Der Mwami (traditionelle Chef) vor dem Haus, in dem sich die Gemeinde versammelt (© Carlos Schuler)

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