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Gorilla group news-roundup from Karisoke
Monday, November 17, 2014

So many events occurred among the mountain gorilla groups monitored by the Fossey Fund in the past few days, including some interactions with other groups of gorillas that are monitored by the Rwanda Development Board.

Unfortunately, the 3-1/2-year-old Susuruka, who was not doing well and was visited by veterinarians twice last week, was found dead by our trackers on Saturday. A necropsy is being performed by Gorilla Doctors, to determine the causes of death, but she had been suffering from traumatic changes in her group and the transfer of her mother (Faida) out of the group. (See video here showing another youngster, Akaramata, helping Susuruka on one of her last days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s7WozjkQsE&feature=youtu.be)

Gushimira resting with new female FaidaThen, this morning, Faida was found to have transferred yet again, leaving silverback Inshuti and joining Gushimira’s group (which had not been seen since Oct. 11)! Inshuti was seen 200 meters away with wounds on his arms and making hooting vocalizations.

This news was balanced by the arrival of a newborn in a different group (Ntambara’s), to mother Kurinda. This birth was especially exciting since our data technician Antoine actually witnessed the delivery!

Also interesting was an interaction between two big groups – Pablo’s group, which is led by silverback Cantsbee and monitored by the Fossey Fund, and Susa’s group, which is monitored by the Rwanda Development Board for tourism visitation. These interactions have occurred before and usually result in some transfers. This time it seems that three gorillas transferred from Pablo to Susa, although not all group members were seen at the time. Stay tuned for more details on the Pablo-Susa situation!

How to interact directly with our field staff
Monday, November 17, 2014

If you attended the Fossey Fund's latest Live Update on Nov. 13  with Director of the Karisoke Research Center Felix Ndagijimana and Gorilla Program Coordinator Veronica Vecellio, you know the latest updates about Maggie and Bwenge’s group, gorillas going out of the park for bamboo shoots, and the new Biaste Learning Center.

Live from the field on the computerAs a new staff member at the Fossey Fund, I found the entire experience to be really cool and gratifying. I got to hear people I’m in constant contact with—but have never seen—talk about the latest updates with the various gorilla groups and community developments. While we do our best to keep all of our supporters updated via Facebook, Twitter, enews and (of course) our blog, I think the experience of hearing the latest information directly from our field staff (in this case Veronica and Felix) is unbeatable. It is a rare opportunity to connect with the field staff who directly interact with the gorillas we monitor and protect, and it is unique to the Fossey Fund. 

Part of a benefit of being a member of the Fossey Fund is having access to Live Updates with our field staff in Africa. At the Custodian Level membership and above, you have access to view the recordings of past updates, and at the Guardian Level you can actually watch live and participate in them. That means not only can you hear staff talk about what's going on with the Karisoke gorillas or in our Congo programs, but you can also ask questions!

If you’re like me and want to be able to learn and ask questions about gorillas like the remarkable Maggie leading Bwenge’s group or about the progress of the Bisate Learning Center and other projects, I encourage you to become a member before the next Live Update in February!

Submitted by Mackenzie Bruce, communications coordinator

"Georgia Gives" day a great time to donate
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Atlanta, Ga., has been home to the international headquarters of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund for more than 19 years, thanks to Zoo Atlanta’s in-kind donation of space and resources. Thursday, Nov. 13, has been designated as "Georgia Gives Day," a day where people across the state raise as much money for participating nonprofits as possible within a 24-hour period. Although Thursday is the big day, "GA Gives" is a year-round donation platform, so you can give at any time!

To donate, just visit: https://gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/gorillafund/

You can make a donation via credit card or e-check. Once you’ve made your donation, make sure to share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or any other social template you want! All donations to the participating nonprofits are tax-deductible.

Your donations will help us protect gorillas and conserve their habitat. Our daily presence in the forest is crucial to achieving our goal, so you can see how your donations will impact our daily monitoring patrols:

$10- Tent floor liner

$25- One week of food rations for a patrol

$50- Backpack for a patrol

$100- Rain jacket for a patrol

Thank you for helping us save gorillas!

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Sigourney Weaver, Honorary Chair

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