We work through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) - a coalition between WWF, Conservation International and Fauna & Flora International. Our mission is to conserve mountain gorillas and their habitat, working with partners and local people.
We’re helping some farmers to grow tea on the boundaries of mountain gorilla habitat as the gorillas don’t like the taste of tea, so are less likely to venture onto cropland. To deter gorillas further, we support the Human Gorilla Conflict Resolution Programme (HuGo), a group of community volunteers who can be called to chase gorillas and other wildlife away from cropland and back into the forest.
We’re also improving local infrastructure, including providing tanks to collect rainwater so people don’t have to access the forest for water.
Tourism is an important source of income for people and we’re helping to ensure that benefits are equitably shared, as well as working to minimise any negative impact of tourism on gorillas. We’re championing Gorilla Friendly™ tourism which promotes guidelines that help minimise the risk to gorillas.
By helping the local community to benefit from mountain gorilla conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources, we hope to increase local support for conservation efforts.
Finally, gorilla monitoring and surveys are an important part of the work we support through IGCP. Protected Area Authority rangers regularly patrol gorilla habitats looking for signs of illegal activities and removing snares. We’re working to further strengthen this monitoring. IGCP also works with partners to undertake mountain gorilla censuses every 5-10 years, so as to monitor population size and health.
We couldn’t do this vital work without your support. Thank you
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