Here we will try to answer some of your questions. Giving an answer can be difficult, because little or nothing is known about some things. But we do...[details]
Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. On 6 January, two of the...[details]
Another Attack on Rangers in the Virunga National Park
On 10 January 2021, 6 rangers lost their lives in an attack by armed...
We now provide regular financial support for patrolling by rangers and trackers in four protected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since...[details]
Management of the Maiko National Park (MNP) has remained difficult due to the presence of armed groups in different sectors of the park. The...[details]
The Sarambwe ranger post was attacked during the evening of 10 October 2020 by a Mai Mai group operating in the vicinity of Sarambwe. A few days...[details]
In 2020, many gorillas were born within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park's gorilla population; an exceptional number of 6 gorillas within 7 weeks...[details]
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...[details]
Efficient charcoal-fired stoves have been in use throughout the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than a decade. Everyone is convinced...[details]
Researchers at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund have used more than 50 years of data from Rwanda to discover how maternal loss influences young gorillas'...[details]
The number of mountain gorillas on the Virunga Volcanoes has increased continuously for four decades now, as was shown during the last censuses. The...[details]
Addy Barrett is a 13 years old girl gorilla enthusiast from Germantown, Maryland.
She organizes and runs different activities like lemonade stands,...
We are very grateful to you all for your invaluable support! Our Congolese assistant Claude Sikubwabo asked us to forward his thanks too:
Maiko National Park (MNP, BDMAP 1080) was gazetted in 1970. It is located in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is part of the...[details]
For many households around mountain gorilla parks, tourism has been their lifeline. That is until the COVID-19 pandemic affected the tourism industry...[details]
Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans. Among viruses alone, there are more than 1,000 human pathogens,...[details]
A few years ago, when I was well into my now 30-year career studying gorillas, my father asked me, 'Don't we know enough about gorillas by now?'...[details]
The Maiombe National Park (MNP) covers a large part of the Maiombe forest component of Angola, an area of some 1,930 km² in Cabinda Province, an...[details]
This year, the Norwegian Refugee Council placed Cameroon in the top spot for the world's forgotten crises. The conservation of the Cross River...[details]
In this article we will give an overview of the management of Sarambwe Nature Reserve (SNR) and a history of the attacks that have taken place in the...[details]
Simon 'Kupe' Ngwese, better known as 'Kupe Cowboy', lived a full life. Born in around 1940, to a poor family in Kupe village, near Tombel,...[details]
When Astrid Ebert and Thomas Schulz visited Bwindi National Park and its gorillas 10 years ago, they were delighted. In view of the Corona pandemic...[details]
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Never before have we understood the concept of One Health more...[details]
Despite the efforts of conservation NGOs and research teams, the expansion of anthropogenic activities such as bushmeat hunting, logging, and...[details]
The silverback Rafiki was killed in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, presumably by poachers. Rafiki was a member of the mountain gorilla group...[details]
Over the past five years the conservation community has successfully completed what, to date, have been the most intensive and comprehensive...[details]
My entire childhood was spent in the south of France, on a hill between an evergreen oak forest and the garrigue. Our family had a lot of cats, who...[details]
In our last article (Gorilla Journal 58) we wrote about our hope that the encroachment of the Sarambwe Nature Reserve (SNR) by Ugandan farmers in...[details]
It is not easy to convince the local population of the benefits of nature conservation if the living conditions are as difficult as they are in the...[details]
The Government of Cameroon has proposed two Forest Management Units (FMU) for timber exploitation which completely cover the proposed Ebo National...[details]
Equatorial Guinea's forests maintain some of the highest levels of biodiversity in Central Africa (Sunderland 2005). Despite its small size, the...[details]
The East African Albertine Rift is known for its extremely high biodiversity and endemism, the highest in continental Africa, and has been the subject...[details]
The northern sector of Mount Tshiaberimu is an integral part of the Virunga National Park (VNP), the west is adjacent to Lake Edward in North Kivu...[details]
Camera trapping has become a predominant method for wildlife monitoring (Burton et al. 2015; Steenweg et al. 2017), including primates (Gerber et al....[details]
Many gorilla friends have already asked themselves this question. So far, the answer is not yet known. However, since many other viruses are dangerous...[details]
Modern zoos are institutions that contribute towards conservation education through the conservation and research of living beings and their natural...[details]
Currently the supply of electric power covers less than 30 % of the energy and is available only for a small percentage of the population in eastern...[details]
Taking into account the latest census from Bwindi-Sarambwe, and including the figures for Virunga gorillas from the 2015-2016 census, the global total...[details]
In order to preserve the ecosystems of Mount Tshiaberimu, Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe has made it its duty to keep up its support for this...[details]
Protecting forest corridors that allow movement and genetic exchange between Cross River gorilla subpopulations and groups is critical to their...[details]
The Takamanda National Park is not only a home to many of the endangered Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli), but also to people. Currently,...[details]
Fundraising for in situ conservation at the Zoological and Botanical Garden Wilhelma in Stuttgart
These days, most zoos make an enormous and steadily...[details]
Western gorillas live in social groups that consist of one silverback, several females and immature offspring. Females rely on the silverback who,...[details]
The past two years have proven challenging for the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center, the world's only sanctuary for...[details]
The Sarambwe Nature Reserve is well known for its location on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and its contiguity...[details]
Great ape populations in Africa and Asia are severely threatened by the combined impacts of habitat loss, poaching, illegal trade, and disease. Since...[details]
A recent study unveils some of the enigmas associated with the social behaviour of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) from the...[details]
Hunting, habitat loss and fragmentation are the main threats to the survival of the Cross River gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli (Bergl 2012; Imong et...[details]
Gorillas were 'discovered' in the Ebo forest in 2002 (Morgan et al. 2003) and since then the Zoological Society of San Diego's Ebo Forest Research...[details]
Regretfully, we must draw the attention of the conservation community to an observation made during our last environmental education mission on 29...[details]
During 5 to 11 December 2018, Japanese artist Chisato Abe organized her solo exhibition at the exhibition hall of KOBE DAIMARU, a department store in...[details]
Great ape conservation experts from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently...[details]
Omari Ilambu was a much loved and highly respected conservationist who left us suddenly and unexpectedly in November. Omari worked for the Congolese...[details]
The Ebo forest is one of the largest remaining intact forest tracts in the Gulf of Guinea Biodiversity Hotspot (Morgan et al. 2011) and it is in the...[details]
In many primate species individuals coordinate their activities, share space and form groups. But how do groups form, how long can they exist and how...[details]
Finding food and mates is vital for all animals, so that they can grow, maintain metabolic functions, and reproduce. The way animals use their...[details]
Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) is home to exceptionally diverse flora and fauna and represents an important site in the Albertine Rift, one of the...[details]
Conservation approaches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have evolved from fine and fences, top-down approaches to adaptive co-management...[details]
After investigation and verification on site, the management team of Itombwe Nature Reserve confirms with regret that the company Banro has not only...[details]
Femmes Leaders pour l'Environnement, Unies pour sa Restauration (FLEUR - Women Leaders for the Environment: United for the Purpose of its Restoration)...[details]
From 19-25 August 2018, the biannual conference of the International Primatological Society, organised by Johannes Refisch (GRASP), took place in the...[details]
In November 2017, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) received a report of a lone male Cross River gorilla sighted near two Nigerian villages (Ofambe...[details]
As with many types of wildlife tourism, viewing gorillas has grown in popularity since the 1980s. Currently tourists can visit more than 20 gorilla...[details]
The International Gorilla Conservation Programme has been operating for more than 25 years, and has provided financial and technical support for the...[details]
In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, Samantha Strindberg, Fiona Maisels and 52 coauthors provide the most comprehensive assessment to...[details]
The Democratic Republic of the Congo teems with important natural and biological resources. As they are so important for growth, development, the...[details]
The two mountain gorillas from the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, Coco and Pucker, arrived in the Cologne Zoo in May 1969. At that time it was a very...[details]
Dian Fossey's famous book Gorillas in the Mist (1983) contains several memorable episodes from her years of studying the mountain gorillas in the...[details]
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...[details]
During a rebel attack on 9 April 2018, five rangers and a driver were killed. Another ranger was wounded. The team was ambushed while driving through...[details]
It is with great sadness to inform you about the loss of one of my favorite gorillas in Bwindi, Kanyonyi, the lead silverback of Mubare group. He died...[details]
Anyone working with or interested in gorillas knows the name of Colin Groves. And anyone who not only knows the name but met the man himself knows...[details]
Culture is a large part of what makes us human. However, we are not the only species that exhibits culture. Culture in non-human animals, defined as...[details]
Restricted to the rainforest region along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, the Cross River gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli is Africa's most...[details]
Cameroon is home to many primate species of high conservation value, including drills, Preuss's red colobus, and gorillas (Morgan et al. 2011). Both...[details]
"One Health" is an approach that addresses human, animal and ecosystem health together. We founded Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) in 2003...[details]
On 5 May, 2017 a convoy of conservation workers from the Itombwe Reserve was ambushed by an armed group. During this attack, a ranger was fatally...[details]
When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain very serious injuries with their long canine teeth. Over the last 30...[details]
The Sarambwe Reserve and Mount Tshiaberimu are two refuges for gorillas near the central and northern part of the Virunga National Park, conserving...[details]
Conservationists had hoped that Virunga National Park has been granted a reprieve after the 2015 withdrawal of the oil company SOCO who had wanted to...[details]
It is 50 years now that Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center to study the little known mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National...[details]
Chisato Abe's exhibition of paintings of gorillas called "The Dream of Forest" was held at the Art Gallery located in the newly opened mega-department...[details]
This is a quote regularly heard among communities around the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after...[details]
Abdourahamane Sidibé, a major wildlife trafficker of Guinean nationality, was arrested on 18 February 2017 in Conakry in a special operation by...[details]
In March 2016 the Federal Ministry of the Environment issued Cross River State a stop work order pending approval of an environmental impact...[details]
On 22 December 1956, the Columbus Zoo made history with the birth of the first zoo-born gorilla. Eventually named Colo in honor of her birthplace,...[details]
In January 2014 I started to study the ecology of Cross River gorillas at the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (THWS) in collaboration with the local...[details]
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]
In the Sarambwe Reserve, conservation and sensitization activities have been carried out mainly by the trackers and the troops based in Sarambwe (a...[details]
Periodic censuses of threatened wildlife populations of high profile species help us to understand their population dynamics, assess the success of...[details]
The meeting of Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe in Krefeld Zoo was a resounding success, both for the Board, who got to know new members and...[details]
The Itombwe Nature Reserve is a key site for biodiversity in Africa. Although Grauer’s gorilla numbers have declined drastically, there is still...[details]
During the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2016, updates in the Red List of Threatened Species were made public. Not surprising was that...[details]
It is widely acknowledged that the long-term conservation of African primates depends largely on Africans themselves, and this requires that Africans...[details]
The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is an international non-profit organisation that supports ranger groups worldwide who have chosen a...[details]
All species of great apes construct night nests; sometimes in trees and sometimes on the ground. This article is based on daily long-term observations...[details]
At the end of January 2016 the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas complex in the Central African Republic recorded the first ever western lowland gorilla...[details]
The conservation action plan for western lowland gorillas and central chimpanzees identifies 18 priority landscapes (IUCN 2014). One of them is the...[details]
Two components of gorilla conservation are research and tourism. Research provides the baseline information concerning the natural ecological and...[details]
After 16 years of continuous rule under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and record levels of corruption and mismanagement, Nigeria elected a new...[details]
The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center is the world's only sanctuary for Grauer's gorillas orphaned by poaching and the...[details]
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,...[details]
Over several decades, humans cohabited with the organisms in their environment more or less harmoniously. But recently, the use of modern tools in...[details]
The Itombwe Massif is one of the important areas for biodiversity in the Albertine Region. It is mainly known for the discovery of the eastern lowland...[details]
The Itombwe Reserve’s boundaries were formally approved by Provincial decree in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a significant step towards...[details]
The Bwindi Apes Conservation Education Partnership (BACEP) is a collaborative project of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology...[details]
Though restoring forest is not a substitute to preserve intact forest, for sites where large parts of the forest have already been cleared, restoring...[details]
African tropical rainforests, the second most important biodiversity refuge after the Amazonian basin, host a multitude of plant species. The majority...[details]
The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) in Nigeria is the western-most Cross River gorilla site and home to about 10 % of the total Cross River...[details]
In a previous article, we documented bushmeat trafficking out of West/Central Africa for sale in underground markets in Europe and North America....[details]
With its unique mountain forest, Mt Tshiaberimu is part of the Virunga National Park, but despite its great importance for conservation it remains at...[details]
Scientifically, there are four subspecies of gorillas: Gorilla beringei beringei, Gorilla beringei graueri, Gorilla gorilla gorilla and Gorilla...[details]
On 16 and 17 April, our biannual meeting was held in Hannover Zoo. With about 50 members and guests it was very well attended. The event started at 2...[details]
Grauer's gorillas are a subspecies of eastern gorillas and live in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo - an area where fighting between various...[details]
Tropical deforestation is well known to have serious negative consequences for biodiversity, terrestrial carbon sinks and the balance of atmospheric...[details]
In the Lebialem highlands of Southwest Cameroon, people say that if a hunter kills a gorilla, a person (often a village notable) dies. Connected by a...[details]
The Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is new and improved software for measuring, evaluating and improving the effectiveness of wildlife...[details]
All animals - including humans - must eat to survive. The energy derived from food is necessary to sustain basic metabolic and muscle functions,...[details]
This article documents activities implemented in the Sarambwe Reserve and the almost continuous threats to the conservation of the reserve. It is...[details]
Itombwe Nature Reserve (INR) is a key site for biodiversity in Africa in general and the region of the Albertine Rift in particular (Doumenge &...[details]
Rare Footage of Cross River Gorillas Captured by the Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society set up camera traps in the...[details]
Most of the world’s gorillas and about one-third of all chimpanzees live in Western Equatorial Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial...[details]
We estimate that Rukina was born around 1984. He was well identified as a group member of the Kyagurilo Group in the late 1990s when he was a young...[details]
Accurate population assessments of endangered species are of great importance for determining conservation priorities and measuring the success of...[details]
The effective protection of a gorilla population requires a solid knowledge of the demography, ecology and behaviour of their social groups. The...[details]
Located in the Kasugho region of North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), near the Tayna Nature Reserve, the Gorilla Rehabilitation...[details]
In previous articles we have documented the invaluable support Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe has provided over the years to gorilla and habitat...[details]
The Usala forest sits at the heart of the 30,000 km² Maiko Tayna region of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is among the most intact,...[details]
Conflict between people and animals is one of the main threats to the continued survival of many wildlife species and also represents risks to local...[details]
The Ebo forest in Littoral Region, Cameroon harbours a rich biodiversity of primates, including gorillas and chimpanzees. The government of Cameroon...[details]
Our members' meeting was held in Rostock this year. We had a perfect time at the zoo there, listening to various presentations, chatting with our...[details]
Maiko National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, lies in one of the most remote forest areas in the world. It is an incredible wilderness area,...[details]
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]
The Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA), located in the southwestern Central African Republic (CAR) and the northern edge of the Congo basin, is...[details]
Gorillas spend the major part of their life in small social groups led by a mature silverback male. Only young blackback males and mature silverback...[details]
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]
In 2013, WWF started the campaign "Draw the Line" to stop the British oil company SOCO's explorations for oil in the Virunga National Park, Democratic...[details]
Mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, live in one of the poorest regions of Africa. This creates a major challenge for...[details]
Bushmeat traders in Watt Market in Calabar, Cross River State, South Eastern Nigeria, are lamenting the poor sales of bushmeat since the outbreak of...[details]
Mishaya, the leader of the Mishaya group, died on 3 February, 2014 at the age of 28 years after a short illness. Preliminary results indicate that his...[details]
Habituation of wild gorillas has long been a useful tool for research and conservation programs. Decisions to habituate gorillas typically reflect a...[details]
Conservation education acts as a bridge between researchers and community members by taking research and turning it into fun and engaging information...[details]
Gorilla tourism and conservation cannot be sustained if it is not supported by fringe communities around the parks. Gorilla ecotourism areas are...[details]
Illegal meats for human consumption are smuggled daily into airports worldwide and some of this meat originates from wild species, including primates....[details]
April 2014: Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe invited its members to Basel for the general members' meeting, which took place in the "Zolli"...[details]
The rebel group M23 stopped fighting at the beginning of November 2013 and gave up. They had been fighting the Congolese army in eastern Congo for...[details]
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]
December 22, 1956, was a historic day for the zoological world as we welcomed the first successful zoo gorilla birth - a female, eventually named Colo...[details]
The Mayombe forest ("Maiombe" in Angola. "Mayombe" in Congo and DRC, and as agreed in the transfrontier context, and "Mayumba in Gabon), stretching...[details]
Art of Conservation (AoC) is pleased to celebrate our first 7 years of successful creative learning and community development programs about...[details]
It has been approximately two decades since Sarambwe Forest descended into chaos, with the potential to end in the degradation of its ecosystems or...[details]
The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) has its origin in West Africa. Palm oil is a common cooking ingredient in equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and parts...[details]
Hunting often devastates populations of large mammals, and this may have impact on other animal and plant communities. In two recent studies (Effiom...[details]
In response to the granting of oil concessions in Virunga National Park (Virunga) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WWF launched a...[details]
We attended the 19th International Scientific Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11 to 13 September 2013. It was jointly organised by the Institute of...[details]
The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) occupies approximately 100 km² in the north-western area of the Afi River Forest Reserve in the northern...[details]
Following a successful first edition of the Gorillas Across Africa Workshop in Uganda in 2011, a second workshop was organized in 2012 by the Max...
In 2000, WCS Senior Conservationist, and National Geographic explorer, Mike Fay set off on his now famous MegaTransect through the forests of Central...[details]
Designated in 1988 under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program, Dimonika Biosphere Reserve is located in the central Mayombe Mountain chain in the...[details]
On March 1, 2013, the Cameroon conservation community was taken aback when news reached them about the brutal killing of a silverback male of the...[details]
On a small forested island in the western region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, a tiny population of Grauer's...
The conservation of our gorillas can only be safeguarded through good governance, involving all stakeholders among the local communities resident in...
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is located in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the big city of Bukavu on the southern shore of...[details]
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]
In recent years, the trafficking of Africa's apes has evolved into a highly organized criminal activity, but the situation has remained largely...[details]
The Primate Habituation Programme (PHP) in the Central African Republic is an integral part of the conservation activities of Dzanga-Sangha Protected...
Equatorial Guinea is experiencing a dramatic oil-fuelled economic boom which over the last decade has increased incomes, encouraged urban migration...[details]
The Bambidie Gorilla Project (BGP), founded in 2008, aims to preserve a population of western lowland gorillas, between the villages of...
The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is Critically Endangered, with perhaps fewer than 250 individuals remaining within their range, which...
On September 13, 2012, a young gorilla was brought to the Kahuzi-Biega National Park headquarters by a community conservation group, who claimed to...[details]
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) has expanded its efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to build a new Grauer’s...[details]
Some of the largest tracts of forest habitat in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are located in the Walikale and Lubutu territories....
The Maiko National Park (MNP) is one of 7 national parks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was established by Presidential Decree...
A census of the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park conducted in 2011 confirms a minimum population of 400 gorillas, raising the world...
The Cross River gorillas in Cameroon need our help again! We received a request from Christopher Jameson, the Director of the WCS project for the...[details]
An isolated population of gorillas lives in the Ebo forest, Cameroon, between the Cross River gorillas and the western lowland gorillas south of the...[details]
Present Gorilla Taxonomy
A species is a population (or group of populations), distinguished by the possession of one or more consistent heritable...
In 2007 IUCN published a five-year (2007–2011) regional Action Plan for the conservation of the Cross River gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli (Oates et...[details]
The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is listed as Critically Endangered (C1) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature...
Human–wildlife conflict is a major conservation and management issue wherever people and wildlife coexist. It can take many forms, including the...
The Burhinyi Community Forest, located in the South Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is one of several patches of...[details]
As part of the monitoring activities taking place In Maiko National Park during the festive period, between Christmas 2011 and the New Year, extensive...
The Mayombe forest, part of the Guineo-Congolian biome, forms the south-western part of the tropical rainforest in the Congo Basin, and the southern...
Near the Ebo forest, Bethan Morgan and Ekwoge Enang Abwe are starting to develop “Clubs des Amis des Gorilles” in each of the villages closest to the...
After the sequencing of the gorilla genome, the authors report unexpected results. The standard view of the evolutionary relationship between the...[details]
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]
Recent studies show that the populations of African great apes are rapidly decreasing. To prevent this, conservationists always try to find out which...[details]
Can they Make a Contribution to Conservation?
Everything developed as a result of lessons learnt from two concurrent projects: the project for the...[details]
The Sarambwe Reserve Integrated Management Support Project ran from 2009 to early 2011. The project was funded by IUCN France and B&RD and implemented...
Gorilla conservationists and researchers working on the ground at different sites often face the challenge of accessing valuable yet unpublished...
Examining dietary composition and overlap between species living within the same environment is important for improving our understanding of their...
Rwanda demonstrates how much the country values its few remaining mountain gorillas. Every year, Kwita Izina is celebrated in June. All mountain...
A new orphan gorilla infant arrived in the night on Sunday, August 7th, 2011, at the care facility in Kinigi, Rwanda operated by the Dian Fossey...
Gorilla confiscations are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far this year 3 eastern lowland, or Grauer’s gorillas have been...
A monitoring plan for gorillas and elephants has just been launched in the highland sector of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP). Its purpose is...
The Maiko National Park (MNP) is one of the least known and most biodiverse of all parks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo comprising over...
Conservation in the Maiko National Park (MNP) remains difficult: the intensity of threats to the park has not decreased. It is an enormous challenge...
Uganda, June 2011: After our fascinating hike through the Ruwenzoris and a short safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park we were looking forward...
Mountain Gorilla Orphans
On November 23, 2010, 9-year-old female Maisha and 7-year-old male Kaboko moved from the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary...[details]
The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla...
While the Maiko National Park still contains a high biodiversity, it is increasingly obvious that its conservation is still dependent on finding a...
Deng Deng - Previous Surveys
In 1998 an environmental impact survey of a proposed oil pipeline route from Chad to Cameroon was commissioned by the...
The critical situation of the elephants and the great apes, and their role in the regeneration of the tropical forest, are well documented and...[details]
Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is the most westerly of three sites in Nigeria where Cross River gorillas occur, the other two sites being the Mbe...
Two men were recently arrested in the Kabo forestry concession in northern Republic of Congo for hunting a gorilla. The hunt was carried out during...[details]
Over the last 12 years, UK-charity The Aspinall Foundation has been running a unique western lowland gorilla rehabilitation and reintroduction project...[details]
A census team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) in Kahuzi-Biega National...[details]
The Kasese region contains the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP), the Maïko National Park and various forests that are not gazetted as protected areas...[details]
In November, 2004, WCS and ICCN teams surveyed the highland sector of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park where they found at least 168 gorillas. The...[details]
We are grateful for this opportunity to shed a little light on an exceptional life that was dedicated to the study and conservation of Africa's...[details]
Conservation of the Sarambwe Reserve has faced many difficulties for many years: security problems, invasions of foreign nationals, and a lack of...
As the world's oil reserves continue to decline, interest from major petroleum companies in the largely unexploited reserves of African oil increases....[details]
Maiko National Park (MNP) is part of a network of 7 national parks located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The MNP was created in 1970 by...
The mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcano Massif have been the subject of intense research and conservation efforts by the Karisoke Research Center...
Cross River gorillas face diverse threats resulting from high human population densities around the areas they inhabit. Efforts to save these gorillas...
In 2011, European zoos will conduct a campaign for the conservation of apes. The campaign will have two targets: collecting 1 million euros for...[details]
Since 2003, we have been trying to habituate western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) for the purpose of scientific research in Moukalaba-Doudou...[details]
In March/April 2008 I visited the mountain gorillas in Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) and Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park). In Kibale...[details]
Historically, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), in collaboration with host country national wildlife, natural resource and/or tourism...
Mount Tshiaberimu is a site that is critical both for conservation and for the development of local communities. It is located in one of the most...
The two mountain gorilla orphans Ndeze and Ndakasi grew up in a house in Goma - a town full of dust and noise. These are certainly not suitable...
From March to August 2009, surveys were conducted to evaluate the status of gorillas and other diurnal primates and their habitat at four gorilla...
The south-western region of the Central African Republic includes one of the most pristine tropical forests in the whole of Africa. Located in the...
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...[details]
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...[details]
Western lowland gorilla tourism exists on a considerably smaller scale than that of the high profile mountain gorillas. Yet the successful habituation...[details]
The rumors began in early February 2010: Somewhere in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, an infant gorilla was being offered for sale. Some...[details]
In November 2002 a population of gorillas was "discovered" in the Ebo forest of southwestern Cameroon, less than 100 km north of the Sanaga River...[details]
The ethologist Jordi Sabater Pí, Professor Emeritus at the Universitat de Barcelona and one of the internationally best-known Spanish scientists, died...[details]
Mountain gorilla tourism brings much needed revenue to the Virunga National Park for the conservation effort - but it also brings the threat of...[details]
From its establishment in 1952 the Rutshuru Hunting Reserve included the Sarambwe hills until its recognition as the Sarambwe Special Reserve in 1998....
Fifty years ago, in 1959, George Schaller left New York for Africa to begin a study of mountain gorillas that would have lasting impact. His year of...[details]
The project "Mountains of the Moon" was founded in the middle of 2008, with the aim of contributing to the protection of species through the...
Gorillas are known among the great apes for their fast life history patterns. In zoos it is common for female gorillas to give birth before reaching...
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been undertaking biological inventories in the Itombwe Massif since 1995. This area holds the largest and...
As part of our efforts to improve the protection of the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla in Nigeria, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) aims...
Republic of Congo: in March 2009 I made a tour of the various markets in Ouesso, and for the first time realized the real ubiquity of bushmeat in that...[details]
Faced with the challenge of improving the monitoring of unprotected Cross River gorilla sites in Cameroon, the Gorilla Guardian community-based...
The silverback male Kanindo from the tiny gorilla population on Mt. Tshiaberimu died after falling down a ravine. He was thought to be in his late...[details]
After the death of the two silverbacks of these gorilla groups on March 26th and May 30th 2009, respectively, several friends of the gorillas of the...
Following the widely perceived success of mountain gorilla tourism, there has been increasing interest in developing tourism based on the observation...[details]
Improving Gorilla Protection in the Mbe MountainsCovering an area of about 80 km² the Mbe Mountains is one of three sites in Nigeria where gorillas...
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...
On March 26th, 2009, the rangers and trackers of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) made the tragic discovery of the corpse of the silverback...[details]
The nature and frequency of human contact with wild primates is changing as a result of hunting, human encroachment on wildlife habitats, research,...
Conservation research on gorillas has, to date, mainly focused on demographic factors, human impacts, and the influence of disease. Genetic data have...
Accurate population size estimates are an essential part of every effective management plan for conserving endangered species. Censusing rare and...
2008 has been a very difficult year for The Gorilla Organization on Mt Tshiaberimu. In February 2008 the adult female Mughole of the Kipura group died...[details]
When viewed on a clear day from a rocky mountain top high above the montane forest cloaked slopes of the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, the landscape in...[details]
The aim of PALF (Projet d'Appui à l'Application de la Loi sur la Faune Sauvage) is the legal protection of endangered species of the Congo Republic by...[details]
Since 1999, a long-term survey of gorillas and chimpanzees has been conducted by Kyoto University in Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Gabon. The...[details]
For the Mikeno Sector we handed over this urgently needed equipment to the Virunga National Park administration.[details]
A new community-based approach to the conservation of some of the most remote (and hence least protected) groups of Cross River gorillas is currently...
The Afi River Forest Reserve is an area lying between two sites in Nigeria where the Cross River gorilla is known to occur - the Afi Mountain Wildlife...
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...
On 5 August, 2008, at the XXII International Primatological Society Congress in Edinburgh, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced the...
For a number of years the Congolese government has been campaigning in support of endangered animal and plant species, and has created a new...[details]
Cross River gorillas are found in isolated forest blocks including the Bechati-Fossimondi-Besali forest area in Lebialem Division, southwest Cameroon....[details]
Illegal trade in apes is an issue that has suffered from great confusion and lack of knowledge for a very long time. While endless popular bushmeat...[details]
The history of the "new gorilla group" in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park dates from 2004 when WCS conducted a survey of the area. During that year,...[details]
It is generally recognised that naturally occurring treponematosis is found in some African nonhuman primates. In addition, bone lesions of...[details]
The Cross River gorilla is the most endangered of all great ape taxa, and its rare and increasingly fragmented populations continue to be threatened...[details]
For their patrols in the Sarambwe Reserve during one year the rangers were provided with food rations.[details]
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]
In Bumaji (Cross River National Park) a new patrol post for the ranger was funded by us.[details]
We donated two digital cameras to the rangers of the Mikeno Sector (Virunga National Park) for gorilla monitoring.[details]
The liberation of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) corridor requires decisiveness and cooperation from the Congolese State, and also from the...
The behaviour of free-ranging chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) has been studied in the Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire since 1979. Three communities...
On the 4th December 2007, staff of the Dzanga-Sangha's Primate Habituation Programme (PHP) witnessed the birth of a new gorilla infant into the...
The Nkuringo group ranges at the edge of the southeastern part of Bwindi. Its habituation started in 1996 and it was not completed until 1998; the...[details]
The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is Africa's most endangered taxon of ape, threatened by bushmeat hunting, conversion of forest for...[details]
Gorilla populations throughout Western Equatorial Africa are rapidly declining. Illegal bushmeat hunting and the lack of law enforcement are seen as...
Cameroon is an important country for both gorillas and chimpanzees. To the south of the Sanaga River, western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla...
Following on from its success with gorilla reintroductions and protected area management, the PPG (Projet Protection des Gorilles)-Congo has recently...[details]
On 10 May, 2008, Molo, one of just 20 rare gorillas living in the forests of Mount Tshiaberimu, in the northern annex of Virunga National Park,...[details]
For their work in the Sarambwe Reserve the rangers received two high-quality binoculars.[details]
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]
The rangers of the Mikeno Sector and the Sarambwe Reserve received complete uniforms with patches.[details]
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]
Rangers received urgently needed equipment from us.[details]
In the surroundings of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park's corridor, community committees discussed the most urgent needs. According to their priority...[details]
The office of the Kahuzi-Biega National Parks received two computers and a printer.[details]
Waltraud Ndagijimana wrote the book "A day in gorillaland" for English lessons at schools near the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; we funded the...[details]
In 1983, Paul-Hermann Bürgel, a great animal lover, spent his holidays on one of his world trips. This time he crossed Africa from north to south....