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In 2015, while none of the silverbacks living in the monitored groups became solitary, we observed four new groups formed by solitary males, three of which still exist: Iyambere’s group, Giraneza‘s group and Himbara’s group.
In 2015, we revived a community education effort to include training for teachers in primary schools, so that they can help students understand the issues, challenges and opportunities in conservation and to help them become the next generation of conservationists.
Last month, another step in the mountain gorilla census was completed. Two Fossey Fund staff participated and share their stories: Research Assistant and Conservation Education Leader Maurice Ngiramahoro and Research Assistant Gudula Nyirandayambaje.
To help reduce pressures on the forests in Congo, such as hunting for bushmeat, while also assisting local communities with critical food needs, we are setting up model family farms, led by new community conservation program manager Gaetan Mazombo.
December 26 will mark the 30th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s death. The anniversary remains a somber one for our organization, but we choose to use this time to reflect on some of the wonderful accomplishments that have occurred during the last 30 years.
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