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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.
Since mountain gorillas are critically endangered, it is important to keep track of their numbers and determine whether the population is stable. Our staff are now participating in the second phase of the current mountain gorilla census.
We’ve recently expanded our conservation education programs to include training for secondary school teachers from 15 Rwandan schools located near the forest.
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