Mikeno Sector


Parc National des Virunga, Mikeno Sector

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Conservation status:
National Park, World Heritage Site,
part of Virunga Conservation Area

250 km²

Karisimbi: 4507 m,
Visoke: 3711 m,
Mikeno: 4437 m,
Sabinyo 3637 m

Virunga Conservation Area:
ca. 604 mountain gorillas

Gorilla tourism:
possible if security allows

D. R. Congo, Virunga National Park, Mikeno Sector - tourist groups

  Feb. 2008 Aug. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 Apr. 2010 June 2012 Jan. 2013
Mapuwa 12 12 14 14 16 18 18
Kabirizi 32 31 33 34 36 33 37
Munyaga 5 5 5 5 6 7 8
Humba 9 9 10 12 12 16 16
Lulengo 5 7 6 6 8 4 9
Rugendo 5 5 9 9 5 7 8

Solitary silverback males: Ruzirabwoba, Karateka, Mareru, Pilipili, Buhanga, Bukima, Mukunda

Electric Fence Reduces Human-Wildlife Conflict

"For the past ten years, we had given up on planting maize. Buffalos could raid our farms a few weeks to harvesting and we could make immense losses.…


Strengthened Human-Wildlife Conflict Measures Restore Hope in the Virungas

Regardless of the scotching sun and laborious work, a delighted face is the perfect description of Jean Bosco Ntawukibiwabo, as he works on a 3 m deep…


Number of Virunga Gorillas Increased again!

In 2015 to 2016 another gorilla census was conducted in the Virunga Volcanoes - and as the censuses before, the result was very positive again. It…


Silverback Sagas: Dominance Struggles Among Male Gorillas

When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain very serious injuries with their long canine teeth. Over the last 30…


The Virunga Communications Post Installation

Security problems in the Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been a severe danger for the park's wildlife and its forests,…


Snares in the Mikeno Sector

Rangers of the Virunga National Park with snares (© www.gorilla.cd)

Mount Visoke lies at the heart of mountain gorilla habitat - and so naturally the rangers of the Virunga National Park often venture onto the flanks…


Gorilla Census in the Virungas 2010

Augustin Basabose with an assistant during the census (© Augustin Basabose)

Recently, I spent 10 days in the field as part of a team counting mountain gorillas during a 2-month census which took place from 1st March to 25th…


Gorilla Tourism on Mikeno

Tourists with masks during their gorilla visit on Mikeno (© www.gorilla.cd)

Mountain gorilla tourism brings much needed revenue to the Virunga National Park for the conservation effort - but it also brings the threat of…


Compasses and GPS Devices for the Rangers

[Translate to EN:] Unser Assistent Claude Sikubwabo übergibt Kompasse und GPS-Geräte an das ICCN (© Claude Sikubwabo)

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


Emergency Funding in Virunga

Mikeno rangers with snares they collected during a patrol in January 2009 (© IGCP)

From early 2007, security in mountain gorilla habitats has been highly volatile due to the long-lasting war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the…


Digital Cameras

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


Sweaters for Rangers

[Translate to Englisch:] Wildhüter des Kahuzi-Biega-Nationalparks mit neuen Pullovern (© 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…


Severe Problems in Virunga National Park

History of the Rugendo Family

Uniforms for the Virunga National Park and the Sarambwe Reserve

[Translate to EN:] Uniformen für den Virunga-Nationalpark und das Sarambwe-Reservat (© Claude Sikubwabo)

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


Killing of Two Silverbacks

Rain Jackets for the Rangers

[Translate to EN:] Wildhüter in Ruanda mit ihren neuen Wachsjacken

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


Cave Dwelling Gorillas

Low Wall High Impact

The Mikeno Gorillas 2002

An Initiative to Resolve Conflicts

Primates at the Edge of the Abyss

The Mikeno Gorillas 1998

The Mikeno Gorillas 1996