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The Karisoke Research Center, founded by Dr. Dian Fossey almost 50 years ago, has been housed in a variety of facilities over the years and is currently located in a large office building in the Rwandan town of Musanze, outside Volcanoes National Park where the gorillas live.
Mountain gorilla Poppy reached her 40th birthday this April and is the oldest of all the gorillas monitored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. She is also one of the few remaining gorillas who was known to Dian Fossey. Fossey recorded Poppy’s birth (April 1, 1976) and filled her journals with details about the playful infant.
Bamboo is a key food plant for many animals that live in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, including mountain gorillas. It’s so important that the Fossey Fund monitors bamboo growth each year, to understand the impact on wildlife and to help predict its distribution.
Training aspiring young local scientists is one of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s key goals among our community programs in Rwanda, helping to build the next generation of conservationists. They gather each summer to study and do research at Karisoke.
The largest group of mountain gorillas monitored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is led by 37-year-old silverback Cantsbee, who has led the group since 1995 and was first seen by Dian Fossey, who gave him his name when he was born in 1978.
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