Schools to Promote Tourism through Wildlife Clubs

Uganda Schools have been advised to form wildlife clubs, among other academic clubs in an exertion to save environment and wildlife to develop the tourism industry.

This, as per the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) chairman board of trustees, Prof. Eric Edroma will help increment the foreign exchange earnings.wildlife-clubs-uganda

“Tourism is the fastest developing industry and foreign exchange earnings of different economies of the world. This is our opportunity since Uganda has been ranked as the one of the good tourism destination in the world,” Edroma said.

“In the event that at least 60% of all of the schools in Uganda had wildlife clubs by the end of next year, it might help reduce the problem of poaching and environmental degradation,” he added.

He made the comments on Wednesday throughout the seventh yeally Wildlife convention celebrated in remembrance of the UN World tourism day 2013 at Entebbe SS. A total of 17 schools from the nation over participated.

They incorporated; Air Force SS, Kawempe Moslem, Mbogo High School, Masaba SS, Ryakasinge Centre for Higher Education from Sheema District and Kitante Hill School. Others schools were Jinja SS, Wanyange Girls, Kisasi College School, Baptist High School, Comprehensive SS, Jinja College, St. Mark’s College Namagoma, Makerere University-Wildlife Club, Nkumba University-IDEAS and Entebbe SS.

Dr. Chris Bakulata, the chairperson of Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU) additionally urged youth to begin acknowledging issues of environment and tourism since they are significant to the development of any nation.
Bakulata additionally said there is need for government to review the teaching syllabus to cater for the tourism subjects where students can like the significance of tourism industry to the development of the nation.

“Students can’t manage the environment well when they are not enabled and exposed to it through such activities of the clubs. Let peripheral things not stop you (students) from joining clubs since you are the essential beneficiaries,” Bakulata said.

Schools should arrange trips to different tour destinations around East Africa like in Bwindi Impenetrable national park where there is gorilla trekking activity the main tourist attraction, Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking, Murchison Falls National Park and many others.

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Some of the Africa’s Most Endangered Animals

Africa is among the richest continent in terms of fauna. Unfortunately some of animals are at the edge of extinction due to human economic activity and greed. We can still see some critically endangered and endangered species while on a safari in Africa.

Different African governments where these animals live are taking appropriate steps to save these animals.

Rothschild’s Giraffe
Rothschild’s giraffe is a standout amongst the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with just a few hundred individuals left in the wild. All of those living in the wild are protected areas in Kenya and Uganda. Today you will find around 700 Rothschild’s giraffes in wild. Poaching, Populace isolation, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are the major dangers to these amazing animals.

Chimpanzee
chipanzees-africaLike humans, chimpanzees are highly social animals, look after their young ones for quite a long time and can live to be more than 50. Actually, chimpanzees are our closest cousins; we share around 98% of our genes.

In their environment in the jungles of east and central Africa, chimpanzees spend most of their days in the tree tops. When they do come down to earth, chimpanzees normally move on all fours, however they can walk on their legs like people as far as a mile. They use sticks to get termites out of mounds and bunch of leaves to sop up drinking water.

Currently there are around 150,000 in the wild. They are regionally extinct in Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Gambia.

African Wild Dog
The African wild dog is a canid local to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the largest of its family in Africa, and the only surviving member of the genus Lycaon, which is recognized from Canis by its less toes and dentition, which is highly specialized for a hypercarnivorous diet. It is classed as endangered by the IUCN, as it has vanished from much of its original range. Currently there are over 3,000 to 5,500 African wild dogs. You will find these animals in southern African countries like Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Disease outbreaks, habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and conflict with humans are threatening their existence.

African Penguin
These animals are found in the south western coast of Africa on 24 islands Algoa bay and Namibia, east of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Currently there are only over 52000 nature animals and their population is declining rapidly.

Grevy’s Zebra
Grevy’s zebra also known as the imperial zebra is the largest and among the most endangered zebra species. You won’t find more than 2,000 Grevy’s zebras on the planet earth today. They live in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Reduced water sources, Habitat degradation, hunting, diseases, loss from overgrazing and competition for natural resources are killing them.

Comparison between Monkeys and Chimpanzees

Similarities between chimpanzees and monkeys

Both chimpanzees and monkeys are primates.

Both are intelligent and they have the capacity of using objects like stones, sticks among others.

Chimps and monkeys have hairy bodies for warming purposes

Both are wild animals though some people have started domesticating them for fun or security reasons.

Chimpanzees and monkeys are capable of climbing trees though monkeys does it better.

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Difference between chimpanzees and monkeys

Chimpanzees do not have a tail while monkeys do have.
Chimpanzees are bigger than monkeys
The more upright body posture of chimpanzees is adapted for walking than for climbing as in monkeys.
The chimpanzees have a better vision than the sense of smell. However some new world monkeys have color vision. Also in both monkeys and chimpanzees, the eyes are placed at the front of the face enabling them to have an improved binocular vision.

Chimpanzees possess a larger brain relative to the body size than the other primates hence they are more intelligent.
However, the five digits in the fore limb with opposable thumbs are considerable similarities between these two types on primates. Existence of many species of monkeys in the world today depicts their better ecological adaptability than the chimpanzees.

Monkeys and Chimpanzees are closely related – both are primates However, chimpanzees are evolutionary more related to the humans than the monkeys. Both have big brain capacity in both these animals making them very intelligent and tactful in finding food and shelter to live among others.

The monkeys are adapted to climb and jump among trees. They do not stand in the upright posture but walk with all four limbs most of the time. Only the new world monkeys have a prehensile tail and colour vision in their eyes. All the monkeys have five digits with an opposable thumb in limbs. Additionally, they also have the binocular vision as the other primates. The lifespan could vary from 10 to 50 years, depending on species of the monkey.

While chimpanzees are a type of apes and very closely related with humans, gorillas and orang-utans. There are only two species of chimpanzees in the genus Pan. An adult chimpanzee could weigh up to 70 kilograms and can be as tall as more than 1.6 metres. They have long arms and well suited for walking on the ground than climbing on trees. Their broad soles and short toes of the hind limb are helpful feature for walking and also they can stand in the upright posture as humans. Chimps have a dark colored coat and possess excellent eyesight with binocular and colour vision. Chimpanzees have five digits in each hand with an opposable thumb. Unlike the monkeys and other mammals, chimpanzees do not have a tail. They live up to 40 years in the wild and sometimes up to 60 years in captivity.

About the Author:
Mathias is a specialist in East Africa tourism and a senior tour consultant, organizing tour packages in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. He is currently climbing Mount Margherita, the third highest point in Africa found in Rwenzori mountains standing at 5110 meters above sea level.

Challenges to African Gorilla Population

Gorilla trekking is the major tourist activity in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The activity earns a lot of foreign exchanges to the mentioned nations especially Uganda and Rwanda. DR Congo’s political instabilities hinder smooth running of gorilla tourism in the country but the destination has big gorilla groups in Virunga National Park. However, mountain gorillas are endangered and their population is highly affected b the following;

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Political unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo has greatly reduced the number of Mountain Gorillas – seasonal rebel attacks in the order of the day and in the process of chasing them, the DR. Congo army exchange fire bullets with the rebels which some times kill Gorillas in Virunga national Park. Some times rebels do malicious killing of Gorillas to disorganize the country’s economy – that is why tourism in Democratic Republic of Congo is ragging behind among the three countries.

Malicious killing of Gorillas by the local people – some people claim that Gorillas are a threat to the people in the nearby communities – thinking they will kill people, destroy their crops among others so, they find it better to isolate them by killing.

Ignorance of the local people – In the past, responsible bodies in Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo did little in sensitizing people about the importance of Gorillas to the economies of their countries. The good news today is that, there are local sensitization campaigns going on in all destinations, aiming at informing the local communities about how they benefit from Rwanda tours especially gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. In this way, the will join the struggle to conserve the gorillas and their natural habitat.
Rampant poaching also reduced the number of Gorillas in their natural habitat. Some people set traps to catch Gorillas and other animals.

Hunting of Gorillas for food – it is believed that some tribe in Democratic Republic of Congo do eat Gorillas. In the process, the number of Gorillas reduces.

Catastrophes or natural calamities like volcanic eruption, floods, and strong winds among others – the 2002 volcanic eruption in Democratic Republic of Congo contributed to the decline of Gorilla population in Virunga region. The eruption of Nyiragongo did not only kill Gorillas but even some few people and their properties perished.

Weak government laws towards the protection of wildlife – some government laws are weak to protect the lives of wild animals and birds where by some poachers are not given serious punishments to curb the habit.

Diseases like Ebola, Cough among others have greatly killed Gorillas while in their natural habitats. In the past, some people go trek gorillas with out advance medical check ups which increased the transmission of diseases from man to Gorillas.

The increasing numbers of predators like Leopard and Python among others. Such predators kill Gorillas leading to the decline in the number of Gorillas.

Fights amongst Gorillas in their natural habitat – during power struggle, male gorillas fight to overthrow others in order to take control of a given Gorilla family. In the fighting process, some weak Gorillas die leading the reduction in the number of Gorillas.

African Jungle Adventures to protect Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

The main International Non-Government Organization involved in conservation of mountain gorillas is the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, which was established in 1991 as a joint effort of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International and the World Wide Fund for Nature. Conservation requires work at many levels, from local to international, and involves protection and law enforcement as well as research and education. Dian Fossey broke down conservation efforts into the following three categories:

Active conservation includes frequent patrols in wildlife areas to destroy poacher equipment and weapons, firm and prompt law enforcement, census counts in regions of breeding and ranging concentration, and strong safeguards for the limited habitat the animals occupy.”

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African Mountain Gorillas

Theoretical conservation seeks to encourage growth in tourism by improving existing roads that circle the mountains, by renovating the park headquarters and tourists’ lodging, and by the habituation of gorillas near the park boundaries for tourists to visit and photograph.”

Community-based conservation management involves biodiversity protection by, for, and with the local community in practice this is applied in varying degrees. The process seeks equity between meeting the needs of the local population and preserving the protected areas and involves local people in decision making processes.

A collaborative management process has had some success in the Bwindi National Park. The forest was gazetted to National Park in 1991; this occurred with little community consultation and the new status prohibited local people from accessing resources within the park as well as reduced economic opportunities and the number of forest fire was deliberately lit and threats were made to the mountain gorillas.

To achieve this, three strategies were implemented to provide benefits from existence of the forest communities and involve the local community in park management. They included agreements allowing the controlled harvesting of resources in the park, receipt of some revenue from tourism and establishment of a trust fund partly for community development. Tensions between people and park have been reduced and now there is more willingness to take part in gorilla protection.

Surveys of community attitudes conducted by CARE show a steadily increasing proportion of the people in favour of the park. More than that there have been no cases of deliberate burning and the problem of snares in these areas has been reduced. The introduction of ceremonies such as KwitaIzina (in 2005) has also had some impact in drawing attention to gorilla preservation and its importance to local communities.

While community-based conservation bears out individual analysis, there are significant overlaps between active and theoretical conservation and a discussion of the two as halves of a whole seems more constructive. For example, in 2002 Rwanda’s national parks went through a restructuring process. The director of the IGCP, Eugene Rutagarama stated that “They got more rangers on better salaries, more radios, more patrol cars and better training in wildlife conservation. They also built more shelters in the park, from which rangers could protect the gorillas”.

The funding for these types of improvements usually comes from tourism – in 2008, approximately 20 000 tourists visited gorilla populations in Rwanda, generating around $8 million in revenue for the parks. In Uganda too, tourism is seen as a “high value activity that brings enough profits to cover the costs of park management and contribute to the national budget of UWA.“ In addition, the number of visitor arrivals conducted by park rangers also allow censuses of gorilla sub-populations to be undertaken concurrently. Contact African Jungle Adventures for more information / guideline to book a gorilla tour, they are specialists in Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking adventures, also offer other wildlife safaris, cultural trips, primates tracking and beach holidays around East Africa.

Additionally, other strategies for sub-population conservation can be applied and these include ensuring connecting corridors between isolated territories to ensure movement between them easier and safer.

Top 10 African Countries Hosting Gorillas

Gorillas exhibits some similar characteristic with human beings making Gorilla trekking more interesting – looking into the eyes of our close relative is a memorable experience. In Africa, mountain Gorillas, cross River Gorillas and Low land Gorillas are found but in some countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, both Mountain and lowland Gorillas co- exist. Below is the list of countries famous for protecting Gorillas.

1. Nigeria
Cross River gorillas are found only in Cross River State, where the government has invested heavily in tourism infrastructure. However, the chances of seeing gorillas in cross river state are still low. Less than 200 individual gorillas are thought to be here, spread across an area of 12,000 km² which includes Afi Mountain, Mbe Mountain, and the Okwangwo Division of the Cross River National Park. For this reason, scientists are cautious about habituating any.

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Cross River Gorillas

2. Cameroon
Cross River gorillas live in the English-speaking part of Cameroon bordering Nigeria, in small pockets of forest that are the focus of a conservation project but with no tourism component yet. The only captive Cross River Gorillas can be seen at the Limbe Wildlife Centre, which also cares for about 15 WLG orphans with a long-term goal – funding permitting – of rehabilitation back into the wild.

3. Equatorial Guinea
The Monte Alen National Park is a spectacular forested park, and its rugged terrain served to protect it from commercial logging. As yet, there are no habituated Western Lowland Gorillas. The tourism infrastructure is in very early stages of development, and trained locals have started to conduct guided day Gorilla treks.

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Western Low Land Gorillas

4. Gabon
Gabon made a bold bid to diversify its economy by creating 13 National Parks in 2002, most of them containing gorilla habitat. The WLG habituation programme at the Mikongo Conservation Centre in Lopé National Park was terminated in 2010. But although visitors are no longer taken on specific gorilla-spotting treks, visitors can still see them while looking for other animals and birds. Moukalaba-Doudou National Park has some of the highest densities of gorillas, and an eco-tourism project has begun there with help from The Gorilla Organization. Loango National Park offers the rare combination of rainforest and Atlantic beach, where hippos have been seen surfing, whales and dolphins surface offshore and the forests are home to gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants – my idea of heaven!

5. Angola
Western Low Land Gorillas are found only in the Cabinda enclave, the part of Angola north of the mouth of the River Congo. There is little in the way of tourism infrastructure, but if it is adventure.

6. Congo
Since the loss of the habituated Gorillas to Ebola in 2002, the nearby Odzala National Park now presents one of the best options for seeing Western Low Land Gorillas. It is currently home to two habituated family groups that can be seen by visitors. They can also be seen from hides as they visit bais.
One of the best places to track WLGs is Bai-Hokou in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park. A WWF project has succeeded in habituating a group, and a calm contact is likely, though the dense forest and low light beneath the canopy make photography challenging.

8. Rwanda (Land of A Thousand Hills)
Rwanda is about the size of Wales, with good main roads (making it quick to get around) and a relatively well-developed infrastructure. But it is the work of Dian Fossey, as dramatised in the film Gorillas in the Mist, that really makes Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park many people’s first choice for a mountain gorilla tracking. Relaxed gorillas and relatively open habitat – montane vegetation, often with stunning views – greatly improve the chances of good gorilla watching. In Rwanda, Gorilla trekking takes place in Volcanoes National park where visitors clearly see the peaks of virunga ranges. Each gorilla permit in Rwanda costs US$750 for foreign non residents and US$475 for foreign residents (Living in East Africa – Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi), US$375 for foreigners living and working in Rwanda, US$300 for East Africans and 30.000 Rwanda Francs for Rwandese. Permits can be booked through travel agents and Rwanda Development Board (RDB) offices in Kigali. Apart from mountain gorilla tracking, Volcanoes National Park also inhabits the rear golden monkeys. Here tourists also do mountain climbing to Bishoke and Karisimbi, as well as hike to the tombs of the Late Dian Fossey, the American primatologisit who spend close to 2 decades studying and habituating Mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Know more about her works by watching her movie “Gorillas in the Mist”.

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Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda

9. Uganda (The True Pearl of Africa)
In Uganda, Gorilla trekking exercise is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National park. Mgahinga National Park is part of the tri-national Virunga Conservation Area, and its habituated gorillas often cross into Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda is gifted with almost half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas found in the Virunga crescent. Uganda gorilla tracking permits cost US$600 each for Foreign none residents, US$475 for Foreign Residents and UGX250000 for Ugandans. However, In Uganda, they have low season rates where, each gorilla permit costs US$350 for Foreign Non Residents. This happens in months of April, May and November. Please contact your Travel Agent for updates. Here we have over 10 habituated gorilla families that include Nsongi, Nkuringo, Bitukura, Mishaya, Oruzogo, Kyaguriro, Rushegura, Mubare, Kahunje, Businje, not forgetting Nyakagezi of Mgahinga National Park.

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Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

10. Democratic Republic of Congo
Three of the four sub-species are found in Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla tourism with habituated groups began here in the mid-1970s, in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, a stronghold of eastern lowland gorillas and this park still offers one of the best gorilla-viewing experiences. Bukavu is the nearest town (with some beautiful lakeside hotels), but check the security situation if entering Democratic Republic of Congo from Rwanda. Mountain gorilla tourism in Virunga National Park is also excellent when the country is stable. Things have improved since the early 2009 arrest of rebel leader Nkunda, but the area is still unsettled. However, even during the troubles many people visited the gorillas at Djomba on day trips from Kisoro, Uganda, because permits were available in the DRC and sold out in Uganda.

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DR Congo Mountain Gorillas

Africa’s Little Five Animals

Visitors to Uganda are always keen to catch a glimpse and a photo of the country’s celebrated Big Five animals namely; African Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. While the big game is magnificent and includes other giant animals like Giraffes, Hippopotamus, crocodiles and antelopes – there’s much more to Uganda’s wildlife. Other giants we can talk about is the world’s last remaining population of the mountain gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park famous for gorilla trekking safaris in Africa.

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Leopard Tortoise

 

Uganda has some of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots that attracts thousands of tourists into the country every year. Here we find remarkable bird life with over 1000 species, abundant buck, small game and bizarre insects.

There is also a wealth of interesting must-see list: the Little Five. They include the Elephant Shrew, Ant Lion, Rhinoceros Beetle, Buffalo Weaver and Leopard Tortoise. Below is the lowdown on some of Uganda’s finest little creatures.

1. Leopard Tortoise
Leopard tortoises are the biggest of the little five and attractively marked on their shells, we find then in East and south African savannas. It grazes expansively upon mixed grasses and do not dig other than to make nests in which to lay eggs. African Leopard Tortoise typically lives for 80 to 100 years. The largest ones can grow up to 18 inches in length and weigh up to 18 kilograms.

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Rhino Beetle

2. Rhino Beetle
This is suitably named due to large horns on the male beetles very much like the rhinoceros does. Rhino Beetle is among the strongest creatures in the world in proportion to their body weight and are believed to be able to lift 850 times their own weight! All rhino beetles are herbivorous with adults feeding on fruit, nectar and sap. The larvae feed on decaying plant matter.

 

3. Elephant Shrew
These are small insectivorous mammals native to Africa. They are characterized by scaly tails and elongated snouts as well as rather long legs for their size. You may be mistaken for thinking that elephant shrews belong to the shrew family – they don’t.

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Elephant Shrew

Unbelievably, these small furry insect-eating animals, also known as Sengis, are more closely related to elephants! Shrews grow to a length of 9 to 12 inches and the average weight is 1.5 pounds. Their life span is about two and a half to four years in the wild. Its main predators are snakes and birds of prey that make them extremely cautious so the chances of spotting them are slim! If you do manage to see an elephant shrew on your Ugandan safari, you are in the lucky small minority!

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White Headed Buffalo Weaver

4. Buffalo Weaver
They are among the largest of the weaver birds, measuring up to 24 cm. Their diet consists of small and medium small insects, grass seed and small fruits. Red-billed buffalo weavers are social birds that build their untidy nests in the forked branches of tall trees that appear to be just a mixture of grasses and twigs–they are not very tidy builders! They are very social birds and their calls and cackles make for a noisy gathering!

5. Ant Lion
The Ant Lion probably gets its name from its predatory behavior of digging conical traps in the sandy soil to catch its prey of ants or termites which they eat by basically sucking them dry. It lives most of its life underground and is actually the larvae stage of a winged insect that resembles a dragonfly. The ant lion larva has a wide body, large jaws and apparently lacks an anus.

Saving Gorillas in 2014: A Letter from Tara to Members

As a member of the Fossey Fund team, I have been privileged to participate in many aspects of our work protecting and studying wild gorillas. And, as I transition into the position of president and CEO this year, I am proud to say that the Fossey Fund’s model for saving gorillas is working! Unlike all other species of apes, mountain gorilla numbers are consistently increasing, thanks to daily, intensive, on-the-ground monitoring, an outgrowth of the pioneering work Dian Fossey started almost five decades ago.

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African Mountain Gorilla

The challenges of success

However, the growth of the mountain gorilla population has presented us with new challenges. We now monitor triple the number of groups that we did just seven years ago, and these groups are ranging over a much larger area as they try to avoid each other and the potentially lethal fights that can occur when gorilla groups interact. We know that without protection for these new groups, our successes over the last few decades will disappear. And so we have increased our field staff to more than 70 individuals, to ensure that each and every gorilla group is accompanied by a protection team on a daily basis and that our anti-poaching teams can cover even larger areas of the forest to remove snares and other threats to the gorillas.

Successfully monitoring Grauer’s gorillas

I am very happy to report that this year we have made significant progress in our efforts to study and protect Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2012, after 11 years of field work to help create a corridor of community-managed reserves, we established a permanent research and conservation field station in the village of Nkuba, at the edge of a pristine forest hosting Grauer’s gorillas and other endangered wildlife. We have now surveyed a 700-square-kilometer area (more than four times the size of the available gorilla habitat in all of Rwanda) and identified a population of 140 gorillas, which we are now regularly monitoring and protecting through our presence in the forest.

We are also collaborating with the Congolese wildlife authorities (ICCN) to observe the only habituated group of Grauer’s gorillas, located in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. This group had originally been habituated for tourism and is monitored and protected by ICCN staff. We are working with ICCN to collect data using the same protocols as we do at the Karisoke Research Center. This will enable direct comparisons between the two populations. Since Grauer’s gorillas are the most understudied of the four gorilla subspecies, this work is critical for generating the information we need to successfully conserve them.

So this year, we can proudly say that the Fossey Fund is working at three long-term field sites, and directly applying our own successful model of conservation from the Karisoke Research Center to our work at Nkuba-Biruwe and Kahuzi-Biega. Longer-term, we hope to be able to bring our model to even more gorilla sites to help additional populations in need.

Continuing our work with people

The Fossey Fund also remains committed to engaging and helping the local communities where we work. This year, in addition to continuing our regular health, education, and other outreach programs, we were thrilled to work with our long-term supporter Partners in Conservation to build the Bisate Learning Center in Rwanda. Located in a village near the park, which is also where most of our Rwanda staff and their families live, the Learning Center will provide a community of more than 20,000 individuals with their first access to computers and a library.

I feel incredibly lucky to be able to help lead all of this work. I think Dian Fossey would be proud of where we are today, to know that her beloved mountain gorillas are a true conservation success, and to see how we have continued to expand her work to help protect other gorilla populations and their habitats.

I want to thank all of you for joining me on this important journey and hope you will keep up with all of our exciting programs by signing up for eNews, reading our blog, and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

Wishing you all the best, happy holidays and a good New Year,

Tara Stoinski, Ph.D.

President & CEO/Chief Scientific Officer
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
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