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The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund staff have observed that groups can form and develop in a variety of ways. Iyambere is a young silverback, at just 14 years old, and also earns credit for being among the youngest to establish a group.
Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. The Fossey Fund’s long-term bamboo phenology studies, document the relationship between the bamboo shoots and gorillas’ distribution and more.
Since his group dispersed in 2013, the solitary male mountain gorilla Giraneza is trying harder than ever to form his own group, with widespread implications recently resulting in the death of a dominant silverback.
An important aspect of the Fossey Fund’s work to save gorillas involves working with local communities near gorilla habitat, to bring conservation information and awareness to as many people as possible.
In 2014, the park authority and the Musanze District developed a sensitization campaign, targeting suspected poachers living in the communities around Volcanoes National Park. Results were seen immediately.
Ensure that our patrols are in the forest EVERY DAY to protect gorillas.
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