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As a new group of students from the University of Rwanda (UR) prepare to come to the Karisoke Research Center for a field research methods course, we look to Deogratias Tuyisingize and reflect on the role of young conservationists and capacity building.
The Fossey Fund is about to finish its first year of observations of the youngest mountain gorilla group we monitor: Mafunzo’s group. The newly created group, composed of the silverback and three females, was first seen on Jan. 27, 2014 and has endured many stressful situations.
Following the death of Rano, the dominant silverback in the historic Titus group of mountain gorillas, three young silverbacks have maintained joint leadership. We will follow new developments closely to see if they establish a hierarchy.
The Pablo mountain gorilla group, followed by the Fossey Fund for many years, and the Susa group, followed by the Rwanda Development Board for tourism, have a long and interesting relationship.
The recent deaths of three young, dominant silverbacks among the mountain gorilla groups have been dramatic. The staff is monitoring the groups' behaviors closely, and conducting research to determine the best protection for the groups.
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