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Naming mountain gorilla infants: Kwita Izina 2016

Friday, September 09, 2016

Naming infant mountain gorillas has become an important annual nationwide tradition in Rwanda during the past 12 years. The naming ceremony, called Kwita Izina, is based on a, historic Rwandan cultural practice for naming newborns, and has been adapted and enhanced to celebrate successful gorilla protection and conservation.

Congo gorilla species now officially "critically endangered"

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

After decades of extreme survival pressure, the conservation status of Grauer’s gorillas, found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has just been officially raised to the highest threat level – critically endangered – by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Unique exhibit at Karisoke now open to public

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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.

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The life of elderly gorilla Poppy

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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.

Cantsbee and Gicurasi resting

What do gorillas do when there’s no bamboo?

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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.

Cantsbee and Gicurasi resting

Young Rwandan scientists in training at Karisoke

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

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Oldest silverback facing leadership challenge

Monday, June 06, 2016

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.

Cantsbee and Gicurasi resting

Counting the mountain gorillas: Final stage underway

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

2ndcensusSince 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.

Teacher training enhances conservation education outreach

Monday, April 04, 2016

We’ve recently expanded our conservation education programs to include training for secondary school teachers from 15 Rwandan schools located near the forest.

Isaro’s twins: Three months and counting…

Monday, April 04, 2016

Isaro's twinsTwin gorillas are rare and their early months present a lot of challenges. But the twins born to mother Isaro in January are doing well.

Growing as a gorilla conservationist: Samedi Mucyo

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Jean Pierre “Samedi” MucyoJean Pierre “Samedi” Mucyo is a prime example of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s capacity building, beginning as a student visiting the Fossey Fund and recently being promoted to leadership roles.

Why we study “biodiversity” in gorilla habitat

Thursday, March 03, 2016

A golden monkeyGorillas live in complex habitats that include many other important species, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund actively monitors and studies this biodiversity.

The lives of mountain gorilla lone silverbacks

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Lone silverback IyambereIn 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.

Training teachers in conservation education

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Teachers using lessons they learned at Karisoke (top) at the Bisate school in September 2015In 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.

It’s not easy counting gorillas

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Team members plan the recce at camp on Nov. 24, 2015.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.

Better farming can save gorillas

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Guinea pigs as part of a model farm in CongoTo 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.

30 years since Dian Fossey’s death

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Dec. 26 marks 30 years since Dian Fossey’s deathDecember 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.

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.

Our partnership with Zoo Atlanta

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Celebrating 20 years at Zoo AtlantaThe Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has called Zoo Atlanta its U.S. home base since 1995, with the zoo providing office space, technical and administrative help, volunteers and other crucial support throughout the years, creating a collaboration that has truly made a difference.

Monitoring gorilla group disruption

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lone silverback MizeroLast week, one of the mountain gorilla groups the Fossey Fund monitors (called Ntambara’s group) had an intense interaction with a lone silverback. This led to a complex series of events, which is still continuing and is being monitored closely by our staff.

Inside the mountain gorilla census

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Census team including Karisoke’s Jean Damascene (far left) and Gudula (middle)With eight of the Fossey Fund’s staff from our Karisoke Research Center involved in the first sweep of the mountain gorilla census in the Virunga mountains, we have an insider look at what it’s like searching for gorilla tracks and collecting important information.

New maternity ward in Bisate Village

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The maternity ward’s progress from August to October 2015A maternity clinic is being built in memory of volunteer Dr. Mary Horder of Atlanta who traveled frequently to Rwanda to help support the Bisate health clinic. The ward is the first of its kind in Bisate and will provide both prenatal and postnatal health services.

Mountain gorilla census underway

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Census training October 3, 2015The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif.

Silverback Vuba takes leadership

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Silverback Vuba, 22 years oldWhen 24-year-old dominant silverback Kirahure, who was the leader of Kuryama’s group, was wounded this summer and later disappeared and died, his group was fortunate to have another silverback available to take over leadership: 22-year-old Vuba.

Learning about Grauer's gorillas from Chimanuka

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Chimanuka and a young Grauer’s gorillaIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has been working with staff of Kahuzi-Biega National Park to study the only habituated group of Grauer’s gorillas, which is led by a silverback named “Chimanuka,” who is quite an interesting leader!

Observing Titus’ group: Who will be the next leader?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Turakora may be the new group leaderIt has been a little more than year since dominant silverback Rano died unexpectedly on July 28, 2014 at the age of 21. Rano (short for “Umushikirano”) was the leader of Titus’ group, named after former dominant silverback Titus, who died in 2009.

Partners In Conservation: A historic collaboration

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Distributing school supplies at Bisate schoolThe Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has a very special partnership with Partners In Conservation/ Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (PIC), which has helped fund ongoing mountain gorilla protection activities and significant education and outreach programs in Africa.

Monitoring the newest gorilla group: Iyambere's group

Monday, July 27, 2015

Young silverback IyambereThe 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.

Learning more about bamboo, a key gorilla food

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mountain gorilla Indamutso eats bambooAlthough 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.

Solitary male Giraneza's efforts to form a group

Friday, June 26, 2015

Lone silverback GiranezaSince 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.

Local leaders join Fossey Fund for gorilla treks

Friday, June 26, 2015

Local leaders on a gorilla trekAn 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.

New approaches to anti-poaching show success

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The number of snares set in the park has remained high, reaching about 1,000 per year.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.

Karisoke biodiversity manager launches collaboration with Congo site

Friday, May 22, 2015

Deo Tuyisingize (right) measures genetic variation in plantsDeogratias (Deo) Tuyisingize, the Fossey Fund’s biodiversity research program manager at our Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, recently traveled to one of our Congo research sites to help start a new scientific project there.

Looking back at the life of silverback Ugenda

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dominant silverback Ugenda with new group members in November 2014One of the oldest mountain gorillas monitored by the Fossey Fund ─ dominant silverback Ugenda ─ died following an interaction with lone silverback Giraneza. Many Fossey Fund trackers at Karisoke grew to admire and love him.

Congo programs collaborate with visit at Kahuzi-Biega

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kahuzi-Biega's Lambert Cirimwami instructs Nkuba-Biruwe staffDuring the past few months, our programs in Congo have made significant strides in collaboration and capacity building. Fossey Fund staff from our field site in Nkuba-Biruwe travelled to our other Congo field site, Kahuzi-Biega National Park.

Education programs help gorillas and people

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Citizen Science participants focused on monitoring migratory butterflies and birdsThe Fossey Fund’s environmental education activities are designed to reach students of different age groups, helping to build awareness, assist local educational institutions, and provide further training for those already working in conservation.

Tracking unhabituated Grauer's gorillas in Congo

Monday, March 23, 2015

Camera trap photo of a group of unhabituated Grauer's gorillasFossey Fund Conservation Program Manager Escobar Binyinyi talks about the objectives, process and basics of tracking unhabituated Grauer’s gorillas at the Fossey Fund's Nkuba field site in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The story of unique mountain gorilla female: Maggie

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Mountain gorilla MaggieFemale mountain gorilla “Maggie” was born on June 15, 1980, in Group 5, which was one of the gorilla groups first studied by Dr. Dian Fossey. Maggie has come to grow as an incredible leader, and Fossey Fund staff have always viewed her as a special gorilla.

A day in the life of a Fossey Fund gorilla tracker

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fossey Fund trackerWe asked four Fossey Fund trackers how they prepare themselves for their daily gorilla monitoring, what they and their equipment go through over the course of a day and what it's like being with the gorillas. They have some incredible stories.

From biodiversity student to teacher, role of capacity building

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Deogratias Tuyisingize 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.

Mafunzo group: Young silverback struggles with leadership

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Silverback Mafunzo 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.

After the Death of a Dominant Silverback: Watching New Leadership Develop

Monday, December 22, 2014

Titus in 20007 with Turakora, now one of three silverbacks leading the Titus group..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.

Pablo and Susa: The Long-term Relationship Between Two Gorilla Groups

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Pablo and Susa groups interactingThe 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 Loss of Three Dominant Silverbacks Poses Challenges

Friday, November 21, 2014

Silverback Urugamba, who died in 2013The 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.

Silverback Cantsbee: Two Decades of Leadership

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Silverback CantsbeeCantsbee, dominant silverback in the large Pablo group of mountain gorillas, turned 36 November. He is one of a few remaining gorillas who had been observed by Dr. Dian Fossey, and has set an example of successful leadership.

Leading the Fossey Fund: Strong Legacies Continue

Monday, October 27, 2014

Clare Richardson and Tara Stoinski, Ph.D.After 19 years as Fossey Fund President and CEO, on Oct. 1 Clare Richardson assumed the title of President Emeritus, Strategic Initiatives Officer, while Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., formerly the Fund's vice president and chief scientist, became the new president and CEO.

Looking Back at the Life of SIlverback Bwenge

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Silverback Bwenge in Jan. 2014Dominant silverback Bwenge, son of historic silverback Titus, has died at age 24, after being wounded in an interaction. Elder female Maggie led the group for a while, until an apparent merge with another group.

Congo's Kahuzi-Biega Park Site for New Gorilla Program

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dominant Grauer's silverback ChimanukaThe Fossey Fund has begun field work in the Congo's Kahuzi-Biega Park, observing a habituated group of Grauer's gorillas. This is the Fund's third location for long-term gorilla research and conservation. Initial research and training have gone well.

Students Complete Data Collection at Karisoke

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rwandan biology students at Karisoke

Eight third-year biology students from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) recently wrapped up their data collection course at the Karisoke Research Center and returned to the university to prepare their presentations.

"Freedom Fence" Getting Ready for Rescued Gorillas

Friday, August 22, 2014

Orphan Ihirwe at GRACEThe orphan gorillas at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education center in the Congo will soon have much more space for learning to survive in the wild. The electric "Freedom Fence" is in final stages of construction.

Large Gorilla Group Has Not Been Seen Since April

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kuryama's group in 2013Kuryama's group of mountain gorillas, one of the longest-observed among those monitored by the Dian Fossey Fund, has not been seen for over three months, which is worrisome because of the danger from poachers and disease.

Dominant Silverback Rano Dies, Group’s Future to be Determined

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Silverback Rano a  year before his deathDian Fossey Gorilla Fund trackers found dominant silverback Rano dead on July 28. He was 21 years old and the son of legendary silverback Titus. Surviving group members include three young silverbacks, but it remains to be seen who will lead the group.

Nature's Path Supports Gorilla Conservation Radio Program

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conservation education, supported by Nature's PathNature's Path, an organic cereal manufacturer and supporter of the Fossey Fund, helped fund an educational radio drama about gorilla conservation that was broadcast to the community that borders Volcanoes National Park.

Visiting the Mountain Gorillas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hiking to visit the gorillas in their forest homeTraveling to see wild mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park is said to be a life-changing experience. It is even better when the tour is arranged by the Fossey Fund, with other exciting features such as meetings with Karisoke staff.

Gorilla Infants Named at 10th Kwita Izina

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Drummers help celebrate the10th annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremonyThe Fossey Fund participated in many aspects of the annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony July 1, and 10 infants born to gorillas the Fund monitors received special names.

Orphaned Gorilla Grows at GRACE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ihirwe in the forest at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center. Photo courtesy of GRACE.Grauer's gorilla Ihirwe, formerly housed in Rwanda, was recently flown to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education center in Congo, where she is thriving and has been renamed "Muyisa."

Elusive Grauer's Gorillas on Camera

Monday, June 23, 2014

Grauer's gorilla photographed by remote camera in their Congo forest habitatThe Fossey Fund's Grauer's Gorilla Research Program staff have been surveying remote Grauer's gorilla habitat in Congo. They recently succeeded in obtaining unique photos of the elusive and highly endangered subspecies.

New Gorilla Protection Teams Hired

Friday, May 30, 2014

With more snares in the forest and more gorilla groups to follow, the Fossey Fund has hired new trackers to help protect the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. New trackers begin training process at Karisoke

Stressed Gorilla Group Challenges Staff

Friday, May 30, 2014

Isabukuru's group in happier times, last OctoberIsabukuru's group, stressed by interactions with other groups, the death of one infant and an injury to another, has presented a special challenge to the Fossey Fund field staff lately.

Gorilla Infants Welcomed This Year

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kubana and her infantThe Fossey Fund field staff have welcomed four newborn mountain gorillas this year; tragically, one has since died. The others were born to Tamu in Rano's group, Ikaze in Isabukuru's group, and Kubana in Titus' group.

Studying Gorilla Ranging Patterns

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two mountain gorilla groups interactFossey Fund scientists and partners have published a new study of how mountain gorilla ranging patterns have changed as the population increased, and how that affects conservation.

Outfitting Field Team: New Partner

Monday, March 31, 2014

Craghoppers, an outdoors and travel clothing manufacturer, has formed a partnership with the Fossey Fund by donating outfits for all field staff. They will also launch a fundraising campaign by hosting a public Google Hangout April 8.Fossey Fund field team in new outfits

Studying Stress in Mountain Gorillas

Monday, March 24, 2014

Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D. with gorillas and buffalo herdPostdoctoral researcher Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D., has completed data collection for a study of the relationship between stress physiology and health in mountain gorillas, to guide conservation and park management strategies.

Tracker Barabwiriza Remembered

Friday, March 21, 2014

Faustin Barabwariza and former KRC director David Watts, Ph.D.A long-time colleague and friend of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Faustin Barabwiriza, passed away on March 20 after a short illness. He started his career working directly with Dian Fossey.

Gorilla News Roundup for February

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Silverback MafunzoFossey Fund trackers have found a new group, formed by formerly lone silverback Mafunzo with two females, and were able to revisit three groups that had not been seen for some weeks, all in good health.

Google Doodle Celebrates Fossey

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Jan. 16 Google DoodleOn Dian Fossey's birthday, Jan. 16, the Google search engine used images celebrating Fossey's life and mountain gorillas for its "Google Doodle" logo, attracting worldwide attention to gorilla conservation.

Congo Program Surveys Forest

Friday, January 31, 2014

Two Fossey FundFossey Fund trackers with Grauer's gorilla nest field teams have completed surveys of a large block of primary forest in the Congo, finding signs of at least 10 groups of endangered Grauer's gorillas as well as other animals and human activity.

Gorilla Groups Make Holidays Busy

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Musilikale with females Muntu and UbufatanyeFossey Fund trackers and researchers had a very busy holiday season, with a variety of interactions, injuries and other activities among the mountain gorillas and their groups.

Young Gorilla Sabato Freed From Snare

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Fossey Fund, Gorilla Doctors and Rwanda Development Board staff work together to help SabatoInfant Sabato, an "Adopt" gorilla for 2013-14, was caught in a poacher's snare in December. The Fossey Fund staff, park authorities and Gorilla Doctors working together removed a tight piece of rope from his wrist.

Dian Fossey Birthday Remembrance

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dr. Dian Fossey with DigitThe Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's founder, Dr. Dian Fossey, would have reached her 82nd birthday on Jan. 16. It is heartening to remember how much she was able to accomplish before her untimely death in Dec. 1985.

Mountain Gorilla Tool Use Reported

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mountain gorilla mother TamuFemale mountain gorilla Tamu may be one of the few wild gorillas to have been observed using a tool. Fossey Fund staff saw her apparently using a bamboo stem to help her offspring climb over a pile of vegetation to reach her.

Gorilla News Roundup, December

Monday, December 09, 2013

Pasika, Ubufatanye and IsabukuruIn December, Fossey Fund field staff observed the aftermath of an especially intense overnight interaction between two mountain gorilla groups, and worked with Gorilla Doctors and park authorities to treat an ailing female

The Challenges of Success

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Research Assistant Didier Abavandimwe in the fieldWhile the Fossey Fund's daily monitoring and protect of the mountain gorillas has enabled them to increase in number, success brings challenges: More groups to follow, gorillas exiting the park, and habitat stress.

November Gorilla News Roundup

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rano leading Titus' group outside the parkIt's bamboo shoot season again. As the gorillas converge on the bamboo zone, we observe more interactions between groups, and groups leaving the park. This season, we also welcomed some newborns.

Silverback Cantsbee Reaches Age 35

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cantsbee just before his 35th birthdayHistoric mountain gorilla silverback Cantsbee reached his 35th birthday on Nov. 14, 2013. Named and observed by Dian Fossey, he is one of the few remaining gorillas she studied, and still leads Pablo's group, the largest monitored by the Fossey Fund.

Fossey Fund Scientist Prize Nominee

Friday, November 08, 2013

Tara Stoinski, Ph.D.Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., vice president and chief scientist at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, is among the nominees for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, which is the world’s leading award for individuals working in animal conservation.

Oracle Takes Support to New Level

Monday, November 04, 2013

Engineering software and hardware giant Oracle is taking its long-term support of the Fossey Fund to a new level, Oracle Giving's Colleen Cassity visits Karisokehosting Karisoke's database on the Oracle Cloud and funding a new mobile application. Oracle Giving head Colleen Cassity visited Karisoke in October.

Latest Gorilla Research at Karisoke

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dr. Galbany studies gorillas at Zoo Atlanta, KarisokeKarisoke Director Ndagijimana begins Ph.D. research, Jean Paul Hirwa studies E. coli in gorillas, and a post-doc uses new photogrammetry technology.

October Gorilla Roundup

Monday, October 14, 2013

During October the Fossey Fund field staff were challenged by the temporary disappearance of Pablo's 30-member group, and by the absence from Gushimira's group of Pasika's infantPablo's group on the move son Turate.

Gorilla Glass Helps Real Gorillas

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Corning/Gorilla Glass is a Fossey Fund sponsorFor the third year in a row, Corning Glass, manufacturer of Gorilla Glass, has made an unrestricted donation to the Fossey Fund — and, they educate their employees and the public about gorilla conservation.

Celebrating Two Anniversaries

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sigourney Weaver at Karisoke in 2006We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the film “Gorillas in the Mist,” Sept. 23, 1988, based on Dian Fossey’s book, as well as the 46th anniversary of the Karisoke Research Center that she founded Sept. 24, 1967.

Gorilla News Roundup Aug.-Sept.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Infant Susuruka caught in a snareDuring August and September the Fossey Fund field staff observed some notable events: an infant caught in a snare; Gushimira's group growing again; and Bwenge interacting with a lone silverback.

A True Partner in Conservation

Monday, September 16, 2013

Charlene Jendry with Joseph Karama (l) and Felix Ndagijimana (r)Long-time mountain gorilla conservation supporter Partners In Conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is funding a Learning Center for the Bisate school and brought Karisoke's Joseph Karama to address its annual Rwandan Fete.

Mountain Gorillas and Atlanta Zoo Celebrate Newborns

Monday, September 02, 2013

Inziza and her newbornTwo new mountain gorillas have been born – one a grandson of historic silverback Titus – and in the Atlanta Zoo a grandson to historic silverback Willie B. was born.

Mountain Gorilla News Roundup – Summer 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ubufatanye (r) feeds as Gushimira (l) listens to chestbeats from Titus' group. Photo by Keiko Mori.Fossey Fund field staff have observed a great deal of activity among the mountain gorilla groups we monitor.

Learning About Mountain Gorilla Food Plants

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund field staff are receiving a special training course in identifying mountain gorilla food plants, which helps conservation planning. Looking for a gorilla food plant

Pablo's Group Interacts With Susa, Largest Gorilla Group in the Virungas

Monday, August 12, 2013

Silverback Kiki from Susa's group confronts the Pablo silverbacksRecently Pablo's group interacted with the Susa group, the largest gorilla group in the Virungas. Some females transferred, leaving two infants behind. More changes are expected.

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grant to the Jane Goodall Institute

Monday, August 12, 2013

Read about how a recent gift to the Jane Goodall Institute from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation relates to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Giraneza's Mountain Gorilla Group Faces Challenges From Other Gorillas

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The small Giraneza group of four mountain gorillas monitored by the Dian Fossey Fund has suffered severe setbacks during recent weeks. Two interactions with other groups resulted in the death of an infant and the defection of one of Giraneza's females.Giraneza

Vacations to Go Goes Extra Mile for Gorilla Conservation

Monday, July 15, 2013

A silverback gorilla photographed by Vacations to Go owner Alan FoxVacations to Go, one of America’s leading travel agencies and travel publishers, has become an outstanding corporate sponsor of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, supporting mountain gorilla conservation.

Fossey Fund Conservation Education: Teaching Teachers in Rwanda

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Joseph Karama and Deogratias Tuyisingize at the Citizen Science trainingThis summer, science teachers from seven different schools located around the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda participated in a training workshop on schoolyard ecology conducted by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund at its Karisoke Research Center.

Gorilla Naming Ceremony Honors Newborn Gorillas

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rwandans celebrate infant gorillas at Kwita Izina naming ceremonyFive infant gorillas born to groups monitored by the Fossey Fund were among those celebrated June 22 in the annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony.

Unusual Group Interactions

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Three gorilla groups made up of former members of the same group once led by silverback Titus recently interacted in the crowded bamboo zone, with unusually peaceful results.Former members of Beetsme's group interact peacefully

Musilikale's Split Succeeding

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Musilikale with infant Itorero, watched by MahaneSilverback Musilikale, formerly a peripheral member of Pablo's group (led by the aging Cantsbee), seems to have succeeded in establishing his own group, after leading six members away in April.

Bachelor Group Mysteries

Monday, May 20, 2013

TwihanganeThree males who left Pablo's group together in Aug. 2011 have gone their separate ways. Silverback Twihangane recently appeared alone in his natal group's range, Gushimira acquired three females, and Irakoze has not been seen recently.

Camera Traps Capture Carnivores

Monday, April 22, 2013

Serval (wild cat)A pilot biodiversity study to detect the presence of carnivores in Volcanoes National Park using camera traps yielded some intriguing results. The gorillas were intrigued as well.

Lost and Found Gorilla Groups

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gushimira and femalesThe Fossey Fund faces some challenges in the field, as we search for Gushimira's group while monitoring the recently returned Giraneza group and its new infant.

Rwandan Students Learn at Karisoke

Monday, March 18, 2013

Deogratias Tuyisingize and NUR students in the fieldFossey Fund staff have been training third-year biology students from the National University of Rwanda, at Karisoke. The future conservation scientists practiced field research in zoology and botany.

Group Change Leads to Infant Death

Monday, March 11, 2013

Amatwara carried on his mother's backWhen gorilla mothers with small infants join a new group, the dominant silverback often commits infanticide. Sadly, this recently claimed the life of Amatwara.

Gorilla Trackers Need Good Gear

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fossey Fund trackers equipped for the fieldThe trackers and patrols who monitor and protect gorillas work in rough weather and terrain, so providing and maintaining their field equipment is essential.

When a Dominant Silverback Dies

Monday, February 18, 2013

Following the death of dominant silverback Urugamba in January, the Fossey Fund observed the behavior of the remaining group members and compared itUrugamba, one day before his death with the aftermath of other silverback deaths.

News from Four Gorilla Groups

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Silverback Ugutsinda displays as Ntambara's group meets Urugamba's survivors.The remaining members of Urugamba's group seem to be integrating well with Ntambara's group, although Bishushwe remains apart with her vulnerable infant. News of two other groups as well.

Urugamba's, Ntambara’s Interact

Monday, January 28, 2013

Urugamba's group and Ntambara's group interactingFour days after the death of dominant silverback Urugamba, the Fossey Fund's tracker team was surprised to find the six surviving members of Urugamba's group interacting with Ntambara's group.

Silverback Urugamba has Died

Friday, January 25, 2013

Inkumbuza sits by Urugamba's bodyUrugamba, the dominant silverback in a small group of seven members, was found dead on the morning of January 25, following a brief illness. Fossey Fund staff are monitoring the remaining group members closely.

New Gorilla Munch Cereal Box

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The new, updated Gorilla Munch boxNature's Path EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch organic cereal has a new look, with updated information inside and outside the box. Nature's Path is a long-time supporter of the Fossey Fund, which receives part of each sale of Gorilla Munch.

Musilikale Challenges Cantsbee

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Challenger Musilikale in strut stanceYounger silverbacks are challenging the aging Cantsbee, leader of the largest gorilla group monitored by the Fossey Fund's field staff. The newest contender, Musilikale, made his move in January.

Fossey Fund Trains New Park Guides

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Park guides practice bird identification in the fieldFossey Fund field staff and scientists trained 16 Volcanoes National Park tourist guides hired this year by our partners the Rwandan Development Board, so they can better understand and tell visitors about the park's wildlife, ecology and conservation issues.

Celebrating Fundi: 20 Years of Service

Monday, December 17, 2012

Jean Damascene Hategekimana, known as "Fundi"Outstanding Data Technician and Field Logistics Coordinator Jean Damascene Hategekimana, or Fundi, celebrates 20 years of service to the Fossey Fund this December.

Brave Anti-poaching Ranger Killed: Tribute to Esdras Nsengiyumva

Monday, December 03, 2012

Esdras Nsengiyumva as a tracker in 2009Esdras Nsengiyumva was killed by gunfire during an attack on one of the Fossey Fund's anti-poaching camps. An outstanding tracker since 2009, he joined the anti-poaching patrol in January 2012.

Fossey Fund Anti-Poaching Camp Attacked, One Ranger Killed

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The Kazi anti-poaching camp before the attackOne of the Fossey Fund's anti-poaching camps near Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park was attacked Dec. 2. A team member was fatally shot and the camp was looted. Other staff are safe and trackers will resume their work Dec. 4.

Fossey Fund Begins New Small Mammal Survey

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Deo Tuyisingize teaches Rwandan university students how to measure small mammals.The Fossey Fund's Biodiversity program has begun an important new study of small mammals in Volcanoes National Park, because they are indicators of habitat and ecosystem change.

Kubana Makes Her Move, from Ugenda's to Titus's Group

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kubana, while she was still in Ugenda's groupKubana, a 9-year-old female who has not yet given birth, transferred from Ugenda's group to Titus's group (led by Rano) during an interaction. This is a common move by female gorillas; our scientists are studying their choices.

Silverback Cantsbee Reaches 34th Birthday

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cantsbee, dominant silverback in Pablo's group and one of just a few gorillas still alive who were named by Dian Fossey, reached his 34th birthday on Nov. 14.Silverback Cantsbee now 34

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Population Shows Large Increase

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Bwindi mountain gorilla. Photo: International Gorilla Conservation ProgramA new census of the mountain gorillas who live in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has shown an increase from 302 in 2006 to 400. Fossey Fund staff participated in this census.

Lucky Infant Turate Loses Snare; Intervention not Necessary

Monday, November 12, 2012

TurateTurate, an infant in Urugamba's group, was seen with a piece of snare rope around his ankle. Fortunately, the next day the rope was gone so an intervention was unnecessary.

GRACE: A Second Chance for Rescued Gorillas

Friday, November 09, 2012

Rescued female Grauer's gorilla Amani at GRACEThe GRACE gorilla rehabilitation center in the Congo is approaching its capacity, with 11 young gorillas rescued from poachers and three more ready to join them. They are learning to eventually live as a group in the wild.

Titus Group Sleeps Outside of Park, Extra Protection Required

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Titus group out of parkTitus's group left Volcanoes National Park twice in November to feed on bamboo shoots, even spending a night outside, and was herded back. The Fossey Fund has hired more monitoring staff to protect the gorillas around the clock when they sleep outside the park.

Searching for Inshuti and Giraneza and their Females

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Inshuti and GiranezaTwo unusual two-member mountain gorilla groups, led by silverbacks Inshuti and Giraneza, have been missing for weeks. Both males had previously travelled on their own but had acquired females from other groups.

A Day in the Fight Against Intestinal Parasites in People and Gorillas

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ildephonse Munyarugero conducting an interview about intestinal parasite preventionThrough its annual de-worming program underway this fall, the Fossey Fund's staff is trying to prevent, as well as treat, intestinal parasite infections that can infect gorillas as well as humans in communities near the park.

Two New Grauer's Gorilla Infants Confiscated, in Our Care in Congo

Monday, September 24, 2012

Infant Grauer's gorilla confiscated Sept. 12Sadly, trafficking in infant gorillas continues in the Congo. Two Grauer's gorilla infants were confiscated from poachers during September and are in our care in temporary quarters until they can transfer to GRACE.

Silverback Kuryama’s Body Identified; a Formidable Legacy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kuryama in January 2011The silverback Kuryama, who split from his famous father Titus to lead his own group for a few memorable years, has been missing since July 2011. His body, found last year, has now been identified. Fossey Fund staff recall his legacy.

New Grauer’s Gorilla Research Base Camp on the Congo’s Biruwe River

Friday, September 14, 2012

Construction at the Biruwe base campWe have made significant progress in constructing the main base for our Grauer's gorilla research and conservation program in the Congo, including strengthening relations with the local community.

Wageni Makes a Bold Move; What Does it Mean for Ugenda's Group?

Friday, August 17, 2012

WageniDian Fossey Gorilla Fund field staff observed subordinate silverback Wageni passing his group's dominant silverback Ugenda in a bold move that may signify a challenge to Ugenda's leadership, upsetting the group's usual harmony.

Emory Collaboration Begins Enhancement of Ecosystem Health

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Suraja RajAs part of a new collaboration with Emory University's Global Health Institute and Center for Global Safe Water, public health graduate student Suraja Raj is spending this summer studying ways to improve our Ecosystem Health program.

Inshuti and Shangaza Ranging on Congo Side of Mountains

Monday, July 30, 2012

InshutiDuring the past few days, silverback Inshuti and female Shangaza have crossed from Rwanda to the Congo's Virunga National Park, which is currently closed to the public because of the presence of armed groups. Karisoke trackers have mapped their trail.

Special Gorilla Trek with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund CEO, Karisoke Visit

Monday, July 16, 2012

Starting out on the gorilla trekThe Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund offers a unique opportunity not only to visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda on a tour led by our top staff but also to meet with Karisoke staff and visit the Fund's community projects.

New, Improved Rwanda Headquarters Opens

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund staff at the new office buildingThe Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has moved its Karisoke Research Center and other Africa program headquarters to a modern new office building in Ruhengeri, with ample room not only for offices but also for laboratories, public education and income generation.

End of a Busy Bamboo Season

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cantsbee eating bamboo with his groupThe season when the mountain gorillas converge on a small area of Volcanoes National Park to eat the new, tender bamboo shoots has ended. Only one group roamed far beyond the park border this time, while others interacted in various ways as they shared close quarters, and two groups avoided the crowded scene.

Rwanda Celebrates Gorillas

Monday, June 18, 2012

Children dressed as the infant gorillas being namedIn Rwanda on June 16, the eighth annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony climaxed a week of celebrations of conservation. Four gorillas born in the Karisoke research groups were named, and Karisoke sponsored a soccer tournament.

Silverback Fathers Can Be Motherly

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Akarusho snuggles with silverback InshutiSilverbacks may take over the care of a youngster, serving as a surrogate mother, when a young gorilla's mother dies or leaves the group before her offspring is fully independent. Read their stories.

Partners in Conservation

Friday, May 11, 2012

Charlene Jendry, PIC coordinator, and co-founder Jeff Ramsey (right) give the Bisate School headmaster (center) bicycles for teachers Partners in Conservation at the Columbus Zoo continues its hands-on contributions to the Fossey Fund's gorilla protection and education programs in Africa, through fundraising and an annual visit.

Veronica Vecellio: Coming Full Circle in Gorilla Conservation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Veronica Vecellio in the fieldItalian primatologist Veronica Vecellio, inspired by Dian Fossey, became the Karisoke Research Center's Gorilla Program coordinator after years of field experience, including a frightening attack by a silverback.

Imvune's Infant, Rano's First, Doing Well at One Month

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Imvune's infant, one month oldIn March, female mountain gorilla Imvune gave birth to dominant silverback Rano's first offspring, and it happened while trackers could watch. One month later the infant is doing well.

Nick Faust New Chair of Fossey Fund Board at "Exciting Time"

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nick Faust (right) with Dieter Stekllis, Ph.D. and Fossey Fund President and CEO Clare Richardson             Nick Faust, a long-time supporter of the Fossey Fund, has been elected chair of the Fund's board. He is a Principal Research Scientist at Georgia Tech and Resident Scholar of the Georgia Tech Center for Geographic Information Systems.

New DRC Grauer's Gorilla Program Unfolds

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Community trackers, Fossey Fund's Urbain  Ngobobo and Jesse Burbridge in the Punia Gorilla ReserveCareful planning and an expedition by Fossey Fund staff to a community reserve in the Congo advance our new program to bring direct protection to the endangered Grauer's gorillas.

A Special Gorilla Birth Observed by Trackers

Monday, March 19, 2012

Imvune and her newbornKarisoke trackers are usually surprised when a gorilla gives birth because there are no outward signs of pregnancy, but they were present when Imvune gave birth to the first newborn in Titus's group since Rano took over the leadership from his late father Titus.

Ted Turner Gives $1 Million for Congo Gorilla Conservation

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A Grauer's gorillaPhilanthropist and conservationist Ted Turner has donated $1 million to the Fossey Fund to launch a new initiative to save endangererd Grauer's gorillas in the Congo.

First Rwandan appointed Karisoke director

Friday, February 17, 2012

Felix Ndagijimana Felix Ndagijimana has been named the Karisoke Research Center's first Rwandan director, succeeding Katie Fawcett, Ph.D. Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., is the Fossey Fund's new vice president and chief scientist.

Inshuti's Group Splits After Attack by Lone SIlverbacks

Monday, February 13, 2012

Inshuti and Giraneza interactingDominant silverback Inshuti is suffering from wounds and has lost two of his females following an attack by two lone silverbacks, while a third lone silverback, Giraneza, has acquired the females and started his own group.

January 2012 Proves a Busy Time for Anti-Poaching Efforts

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Karisoke anti-poaching team member dismantles a snare.During January 2012 an astounding 73 snares were discovered and destroyed, many in the area where Pablo's group and other Karisoke-monitored gorillas range.

The Atypical Silverback: A Profile of Isabukuru

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Isabukuru with infant SakaraSilverback Isabukuru is distinguished by his relaxed leadership style, his popularity with females, and his affection for the infants in his group. He split from Pablo's group in 2007.

Gwiza: A Most Persistent Solitary Silverback

Monday, January 09, 2012

GwizaKarisoke studies nine gorilla groups and several lone silverbacks such as Gwiza, who often follow the groups seeking to attract females. Many interactions have occurred in recent months.

Bernadette Arakwiye: From Karisoke to Keene, New Hampshire

Friday, January 06, 2012

Bernadette Arakwiye, a research assistant at the Karisoke Research Center, is studying for her master's degree in conservation biology at Antioch University in New England.Bernadette Arakwiye at Zoo Atlanta

Two Silverback Brothers in Ntambara's Group Struggle for Dominance

Monday, November 28, 2011

NtambaraIn recent weeks, Karisoke Research Center field staff have observed beta silverback Ugutsinda asserting dominance over his brother Ntambara, the dominant silverback in their group.

Karisoke's Joseph Karama is Filming for Conservation Education

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Joseph Karama in the classroomKarisoke Conservation Education Director Joseph Karama has been interviewing Volcanoes National Park neighbors and wardens for a short film as part of his master's degree program.

Stacy Rosenbaum: A Primatologist's Journey

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Stacy Rosenbaum in the fieldStacy Rosenbaum, a young primatologist, now leads her own study of male-infant gorilla relationships at the Karisoke Research Center, where she started as a research assistant in 2003.

Orphan Shamavu New Addition to GRACE Center

Monday, October 31, 2011

Shamavu and caregiver on the flight to GRACEShamavu, the latest Grauer's gorilla orphan to be confiscated from poachers, arrived safely by plane from the Fossey Fund's temporary facility in Goma to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education center in the Congo.

Bwenge's Group Suffers Setbacks, Still Thriving

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dominant silverback BwengeBwenge's group has recently lost two female members, but the group seems to have overcome the loss. Dominant silverback Bwenge has led his group to the bamboo zone and they are now feeding eagerly alongside the other mountain gorillas.

Bamboo Season Attracts Gorillas to the Park's Border

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blackback Pato of Titus's group, outside the parkIt's the season when the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park move to a small area on the park's border where tender bamboo shoots are sprouting, and conflicts may result.

New Gorilla Infant Rescued in Congo, Doing Well

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The new rescued gorilla infantA new Grauer's gorilla infant has been rescued from poachers in the Congo, the fourth this year, and is in temporary care and quarantine before transfer to GRACE. He is male, 1 and 1/2 years old, in good condition.

New Mountain Gorilla Census Underway in Uganda

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bwindi census team members. Photo courtesy of IGCP.Three Karisoke Research Center staff are helping to conduct a new census of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park mountain gorillas in Uganda, the fourth in the park's history.

Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D.: Studying Stress in Mountain Gorillas

Monday, October 03, 2011

Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D., in the fieldPrimatologist Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D., collects fecal samples and observes gorilla behavior at the Karisoke Research Center for a major study of stress in mountain gorillas.

Pablo's Group Temporarily Divided Into Two Subgroups

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dominant silverback CantsbeeFor two days in late September, Pablo's group – the largest gorilla group observed by Karisoke – divided into two subgroups led by dominant Cantsbee and beta male Gicurasi, but reunited, at least for now.

A Bright Future for Little Orphan Ihirwe

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ihirwe explores her new surroundings.Gorilla orphan Ihirwe, in care of the Fossey Fund and Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Kinigi after confiscation from poachers, is doing well and will soon move to a rehabilitation facility in a rural area. Read more.

Silverback Inshuti Confronts Kuryama's Group

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

InshutiSilverback Inshuti approached Kuryama's group, triggering a confrontation with the group's males. The interaction observed so far consisted of displays and no physical contact.

Female Ntobo Dies Despite Best Efforts of Medical Team

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ntaribi with his mother NtoboDespite the best efforts of a team of veterinarians from the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and the Rwandan park authority and Karisoke and park staff, female Ntobo of Bwenge's group has died, leaving behind her young son Ntaribi.

New Ward to Open at Bisate Clinic, Says Program Manager Munyarugero

Friday, September 02, 2011

New Bisate Clinic hospital ward under constructionA new hospital ward will open soon at the Bisate Clinic, reports Ecosystem Health and Community Development Manager Ildephonse Munyarugero, who has managed the program for nearly a decade.

Pablo's Group Facing Important Changes

Monday, August 29, 2011

Karisoke trackers search for three males who left Pablo's group.Three adult males have left Pablo's group to travel alone and female Nyandwi transferred to Inshuti's group during an interaction, bringing new changes to the largest gorilla group observed by Karisoke.

Loss of Orphan Gorilla Kyasa at GRACE

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

KyasaWe regret to report that an infant male Grauer's gorilla, Kyasa, who was in care at the GRACE center in Congo, died during the night while in treatment for a gastrointestinal condition.

New Mountain Gorilla Orphan Arrives at Kinigi, Rwanda

Monday, August 08, 2011

Mountain gorilla orphan confiscated from poachersA mountain gorilla infant confiscated from poachers has arrived at a care facility in Kinigi, Rwanda operated by the Fossey Fund and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

Kasugho Community Celebrates Gorillas' Arrival at GRACE

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

GRACE Manager Luitzen Santman (red tie) and guests join community celebrationThe village of Kasugho, neighbor to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center, and honored guests, celebrated the safe arrival of six orphan gorillas.

Nature's Path Support for Fossey Fund Takes Leap Forward

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Youth environment club plants bamboo in RwandaLong-time Fossey Fund donor Nature's Path has agreed to support the Fund's conservation education program for three years, funding projects for youth and the community in Rwanda and the Congo.

Six Orphan Grauer's Gorillas Reach Safe Haven at GRACE

Monday, July 25, 2011

Serufuli enters the helicopter that will take her to GRACESix orphan Grauer's gorillas who had outgrown a temporary care facility in Kinigi, Rwanda have arrived safely at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center in Congo.

Oracle Offers Students, Teachers a Gorilla "ThinkQuest"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ThinkQuest offers students and teachers an interactive learning project about mountain gorillas.Teachers all over the world now have a unique tool for guiding their students' study of gorillas and a multitude of other topics: ThinkQuest, a free program offered by the Oracle Education Foundation.

Female Umusatsi Traveling Without her Group

Friday, June 24, 2011

UmusatsiMountain gorilla mother Umusatsi has been away from her group on and off since May. She was in Kuryama's group, but he too has left the group, after a challenge from other silverbacks. Read about Umusatsi's interesting journey.

Newborn Gorillas Named, Community Role Celebrated

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Afrika and her infant IndamusoThe annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony took place in Kinigi on June 18, naming 21 infant gorillas born during the previous 12 months, including those from the groups monitored by Karisoke.

New Infant Gorilla Ihomé Arrives at GRACE

Monday, June 06, 2011

A new infant Grauer's gorilla confiscated from poachers has arrived in good condition at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center, after a difficult overland journey.Ihome

How We Freed Infant Imfura from a Snare Rope

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Veterinarians take samples from the anaesthetized Imfura.A team organized by Karisoke succeeded in removing a snare rope from infant Imfura's leg. It was their thrid attempt in difficult conditions.

Largest Mountain Group Challenging but Continues to Facinate

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pablo's group Pablo’s group, named after late silverback Pablo (one of the gorillas observed by Dian Fossey), continues to amaze us with its large size, its large number of adult males (including six silverbacks), the continued leadership of elder Cantsbee, and its unusual travel patterns.

Partners in Conservation Helps Us Protect Gorillas

Monday, May 23, 2011

Charlene Jendry at Karisoke in 1992Charlene Jendry founded Partners in Conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during a difficult time for Karisoke. Their long-term partnership with the Fossey Fund has brought Jendry back to Karisoke year after year and helped our mission in many ways.

Disney Animal Experts Play Key Role in Gorilla Rescue Efforts

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Disney's Tammie Bettinger with the container of supplies she brought to GRACEScientists, animal experts and construction specialists from Disney's Animal Programs have been instrumental in the creation of the new GRACE center in Congo. They've also brought medical and educational supplies for people in the region.

April Brought Three Newborns – and More

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bukima cleaning her newbornDuring April, a female gave birth in each of three of the gorilla groups monitored by the Karisoke Research Center – and another birth has been reported in one of the tourist groups, for a total of 22 births this past year among the mountain gorillas of the Virungas

Lubutu Uhuru Arrives Safely at GRACE Rehabilitation Center

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Lubutu Uhuru at GRACELubutu Uhuru, our newest rescued gorilla, has arrived safely at the GRACE center and is adjusting well. After a month's quarantine he will be introduced to the six other Grauer's gorilla orphans there.

New Orphan Gorilla Lubutu Recuperating in Goma

Sunday, April 03, 2011
Little Lubutu, named after the town where he was confiscated on March 21, has arrived in our care in Goma malnourished but alert, eating well and bonding with his caregiver. After quarantine he will move to GRACE.Lubutu feeding

Rescued Gorilla Kyasa Explores Forest, Meets Other Gorillas

Monday, March 28, 2011
While all the gorillas at GRACE get used to their new house and feeding schedule, little Kyasa meets the others and begins to explore the forest. His caregivers stay nearby to make sure all goes well, especially when dominant MapendoKyasa in the forest takes an interest in him.

Group Males Work Together for Protection

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Kuryama's group has seen weeks of competition among its three silverbacks, but finally Kuryama, Kirahure and Vuba achieved a peaceful equilibrium to protect their group together.Kuryama's group

Gorilla Data Helps in Human Aging Study

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Dr. Stoinski with TitusInformation from the Fossey Fund's long-term gorilla database, compiled at the Karisoke Research Center, has been used in a major study on human aging, published in the journal Science. Fossey Fund scientist Dr. Tara Stoinski is co-author.

Newborn in Inshuti's Group

Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Young mountain gorilla female Tayna gave birth to her first infant on February 22, adding to silverback leader Inshuti's success in maintainingTayna's newborn his own group, which now includes four females and two infants. Tayna is proving an affectionate and confident mother.

Conservation Education Gets Results

Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Joseph Karama, Fossey Fund conservation education program manager, has proof that the classes he teaches to third and fifth grade primary students in towns around Volcanoes National Park are paying off, as the students demonstrate increased understanding of the value of wildlife and their role in protecting it.Rwandan students learn about conservation

Inshuti Attracts Anther Female

Friday, February 04, 2011
Ambitious sInshutiilverback Inshuti has a fourth female in his group. Umwana transferred to Inshuti after failing to conceive in Titus' group, leaving her former group's leader Rano with only one female.

Orphan Kyasa Settles In at GRACE

Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Kyasa in GomaAfter a one-month quarantine in Goma, Kyasa, the newest Grauer's gorilla infant confiscated from poachers and turned over to our care, has moved to the GRACE rehabilitation center and is doing well. In a few weeks he can meet the other young gorillas there.

Gorilla Orphans Enter Second Phase

Friday, January 14, 2011
Six older gorilla orphans in temporary care in Kinigi, Rwanda are being prepared to move to the GRACE center. Special fencing is needed to ensure they have the freedom to roam the forest safely as they develop.Ntabwoba, male Grauer's gorilla orphan headed for GRACE

Pablo's Group: Silverbacks In, Out

Friday, January 14, 2011
Mukecuru and GicurasiGicurasi, the silverback second in command to Cantsbee in Pablo's group, left for three days with female Mukecuru. Meanwhile, lone silverback Rukundo approached the group but was repelled. More developments are expected in future, due to Cantsbee's advanced age (32).

New Orphan Gorilla Doing Well

Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Kyasa feedingKyasa, a 6-month-old Grauer's gorilla rescued from poachers in late December, is thriving after a week at the Fossey Fund's temporary care facility in Goma. In spite of some medical problems and the ordeal of capture, he soon bonded to his caregivers and is "bright, alert and responsive, with a good appetite."

New Rescued Gorilla Arrives in Goma

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Rescued gorilla in GomaA 5-month-old orphaned Grauer's gorilla has just arrived in our temporary facility in Goma, Congo, after being confiscated from poachers.

New Gorilla Census Shows Increase

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Recording census data in the fieldThe latest mountain gorilla census counted 480 individuals in the Virungas this year, up from 380 in the 2003 census, a 26.3% increase. The groups protected by the Fossey Fund grew by 17.4%. Conservation is working!

Mt. Gorilla Orphans in New Home

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Exploring their new night houseMaisha and Kaboko, two mountain gorilla orphans, have moved from temporary quarters in Kinigi, Rwanda to a new home in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they had been rescued from poachers.

Rwandan Women Scientists

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Bernadette Arakwiye in RwandaRwandan women scientists are making history at Karisoke, with science projects and helping with gorilla census.

Gorillas Move to the Bamboo Zone

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
It's bamboo season, soCantsbee feeding on bamboo all the mountain gorilla groups Karisoke monitors are closer to each other than usual, feeding on the tasty new shoots.

Meet the GRACE Gorilla Caregivers

Friday, October 22, 2010
Aldegonde KavughoThe Fossey Fund employs a team of dedicated caregivers at the GRACE center for young gorillas confiscated from poachers. They come from a variety of backgrounds but all love their work and have bonded with the gorillas.

Lone Silverback Giraneza Returns

Thursday, October 07, 2010
Lone silverback Giraneza, who had left his natal group two years ago following the elder Pablo's death and had not been seen since,has reappeared. He was spotted by Karisoke trackers near the trail of his old groupGiraneza in 2008 on September 25.

Fossey Fund Helping Congolese Women's Project

Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The Fossey FundBuilding the rabbit cages is helping a cooperative of 500 Congolese single mothers to raise small animals for food and income, with help from the Disney Corporation. The women have already built their rabbit cages.

Female Gorilla Kwiruka Dies

Friday, September 17, 2010
Female gorilla Kwiruka was found dead today, after having been missing since August 24. At 33 she was the second oldest female followed by Karisoke, after Tuck, who died last week. They were among the last of the gorillas known to Dian Fossey.Kwiruka

Historic Female Gorilla Tuck Dies

Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Matriarch Tuck, known toSon Segasira with Tuck Dian Fossey and at 38 the oldest female among those monitored by the Karisoke Research Center, was found dead on September 6, with group members around her.

Gorillas Prepare to Move to GRACE

Friday, September 03, 2010
As we prepare to move six more rescued Grauer's gorillas from a temporary facility in Kinigi, Rwanda, to GRACE by helicopter,Tumaini and Serufuli have a new toy crate training is in full swing.

Silverbacks Share Leadership

Thursday, September 02, 2010
Cantsbee, dominant silverback in Pablo's group, the largest group of mountain gorillas ever recorded, is allowing young challenger Gicurasi to share the leadership.Cantsbee

Elder Female Tuck Growing Weaker

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuck, the oldest mountain gorilla female monitored by the Karisoke Research Center, has lost weight, is very weak and is moving slowly. Her young son Segasira stays near her, and Karisoke staff are watching her closelyTuck.

Karisoke Gorillas Stars of BBC Series

Friday, August 20, 2010
The BBC filmed gorilla groups at Karisoke, plus Uganda and Congo, for a 3-part series on mountain gorillasTitus featuring Titus, Cantsbee and others.

Rescued Gorillas on Way to GRACE

Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Building GRACEOur new gorilla rescue center (GRACE) is open and ready for another group of orphaned gorillas, expected this month. Read about the many preparations for their arrival.

Bisate School Celebrates New Classrooms

Monday, August 02, 2010
The Bisate School inaugurated a new six-room classroom building for the first grade, constructed with funds donatA brand new classroomed by the East African Children's Education Fund.

Gwiza, Lone Silverback, Interacts with Shinda's Group

Sunday, August 01, 2010
Gwiza, a lone silverback since 2004, continues to attempt to attract females from his natal group, Shinda's group – an unusual move.Gwiza

Blackback Attacks Group Members

Friday, July 16, 2010
AgatakoBukima's infant Agatako died in a presumed infanticide by blackback Kubaha, while dominant silverback Isabukuru was away, Karisoke observers say. Intra-group infanticide is rare among gorillas.

Pablo's Group Meets Lone Silverback

Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Although gorillas are known for their generally gentle and non-aggressive natures, there are times when real fights break out, usually when a group is trying to defend itself from intruders or other dangers. Read about a recent interaction here. Lone silverback confronting Pablo's group

Rwandan Student Environmentalists

Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Patrick Habamenshi in the winning gardenSchool environmental clubs in the Volcanoes National Park region, where mountain gorillas live, are becoming active conservationists with practical, on-the-ground projects. Learn more about their projects.

Former Karisoke Researcher Mourned

Friday, July 02, 2010

The Fossey Fund has learned of the tragic death of a former research assistant, primatologist Ymke Warren, Ph.D., at her home in Cameroon on Tuesday, June 29. In the 1990s, Warren studied the endangered mountain gorillas that are monitored and protected by the Karisoke Research Center.

Gorilla Census Completed

Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Theodette leads census teamPark authorities from Rwanda, the Congo and Uganda; international conservation organizations; Karisoke and other research institutes collaborated to complete the latest census of the Virunga mountain gorillas. Fossey Fund staff played a major role in this difficult project.

Migratory Bird Day in Rwanda

Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Students participating with Deo TuyisingizeKarisoke and the Tropical Biology Association in Rwanda organised a bird watching program on May 9 to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.

Gorillas Given Names

Wednesday, June 09, 2010
On June 5, Rwanda celebrated the sixth annual "Kwita Izina" gorilla-naming ceremony, which promotes mountain gorilla conservation by naming gorillas born in Volcanoes National Park during the past year. Seven newborns and all gorilla groups currently monitored by the Fossey Fund were named.

Severe Weather Tragedy

Friday, May 21, 2010
After severe rain, on May 13 Karisoke trackers discovered an adult female gorilla and three infant gorillas dead in the forest. However, two new gorilla births have also been observed recently.

Orphan Gorillas Doing Well

Monday, May 03, 2010
Mapendo munching at GRACEThe first group of orphaned gorillas was airlifted by helicopter on April 27 to the Fossey Fund's new Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center in Congo, where they are off to a very successful new life.

Gorilla Infants Born in Ugenda's Group

Saturday, May 01, 2010
Kurudi and infantKurudi, an adult mountain gorilla female in Ugenda's group, gave birth on March 25, 2010 — the fourth infant born this year in the gorilla groups monitored by the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda.

Orphan Gorillas Arrive at New Rescue Center

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The first group of orphaned gorillas was successfully airlifted by helicopter on April 27 to the Fossey Fund’s new GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center) in Congo, where they will begin a new life geared toward returning them to the wild.

New Infant Born in Pablo's Group

Thursday, April 15, 2010
On March 9, Mitimbili, an adult female in Pablo's group, was observed holding a brand new infant, which had been born since the previous day's monitoring.

Has Pablo's Group Lost a Member?

Thursday, April 15, 2010
On March 1 of this year, silverback Rukundo was reported missing from Pablo's group.

Cross-Border Patrols Back in Action

Monday, March 15, 2010

After an two-year interruption due to insecurity, Karisoke patrols have again joined Rwandan and Congolese park guards to protect the mountain gorillas.

Gorilla Orphan Improving

Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Ndjingala, a young eastern Congo gorilla confiscated from poachers on Feb. 26 and now in the care of the Fossey Fund and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, had a cold and would not eat or drink. By March 13 she was starting to improve.

Saga of Ugenda and Urugamba

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

When Shinda, the dominant silverback in one of the three famous gorilla groups monitored by Karisoke for many years, died on Nov. 24, 2008, members of his group split between two silverbacks in the group, Ugenda and Ntambara, starting an eventful story that continues to this day.

New Gorilla Census Begins

Wednesday, February 03, 2010
A much-anticipated new census of the mountain gorillas will begin March 1 in the rugged Virunga mountains that straddle the border between Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.

New Gorilla en Route to Goma

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
One more young gorilla has reached safety, thanks to the combined efforts of the Fossey Fund, MGVP, UGADEC (the network of community-based nature reserves we support in the Congo) and the Congolese park and wildlife authorities (ICCN). Taken from poachers in the DRC’s Walikale region, the new arrival is believed to be in good health, and is on the way to Goma.

KRC Follows Gorilla Group Changes

Monday, February 01, 2010
Trackers at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda have been very busy following movements among the many mountain gorilla groups we monitor, as the groups continue to change in composition.

Two Gorilla Births; One Death

Monday, January 25, 2010
Karisoke Research Center staff celebrated the birth of two mountain gorilla infants in January. We also observed the death of elder female Cyiza, who died on Jan. 25.

Young Gorilla Rescued from Snare

Friday, January 01, 2010
Six-year-old female mountain gorilla Turimaso recently became the fourth young gorilla among those we monitor in Rwanda to be trapped by a poacher’s snare during 2009.

Mountain Gorillas Not Known to Be Near Volcano Eruption

Friday, January 01, 2010
Mount Nyamulagira erupted over the weekend but the gorillas were unharmed.

Bon Voyage to Ndezi, Ndakasi

Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Sandy Jones, orphan gorilla rehabilitation  manager, with Ndeze and NdakasiNdeze and Ndakasi, two female mountain gorillas in our care since they survived armed conflict in the Congo in 2007, have moved to a new facility run by the Congolese park authority (ICCN).

A Mixed Year for Gorilla Infants

Sunday, November 01, 2009
Since January of this year, 10 infant gorillas have been born into the mountain gorilla groups that we monitor from the Karisoke Research Center. However, at this time only six of the newborns are still alive.

Community reserves receive grant

Sunday, November 01, 2009
A Grauer's gorilla in the Democratic Republic of CongoTwo gorilla reserves in eastern Congo supported by the Fossey Fund have received a major grant from the Disney Company to protect critical forests.

Titus Group Reacts to Leader's Death

Thursday, October 01, 2009
After a period of great stress following Titus’s death, the surviving adult male members of the group show signs of settling back to group life, although the only female — Tuck — sTitustill travels alone, and the juvenile Ihumure has died.

Juvenile in Titus Group Dead

Thursday, October 01, 2009
One of the two juveniles in Titus’s group, 4-year-old Ihumure, was found dead on the morning of September 18, four days after the death of his protector, theIhumure legendary silverback Titus.

Titus Buried in Special Ceremony

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Karisoke staff and researchers brought the body of silverback Titus down from the mountain on a stretcher on Sept. 16 Ten porters carry Tituson a two-hour walk, for burial at the site of Dian Fossey’s old camp and her own gravesite.

The Death of Silverback Titus

Monday, September 14, 2009
On the morning of September 14, our trackers at the Karisoke Research Center found legendary silverback Titus dead on his night nest. He was 35 when he died, old for a male gorilla.Titus

Another Birth in Largest Mountain Gorilla Group

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mountain gorilla Mudakama gave birth to her third infant on August 20, 2009. The birth increased the current size of Pablo's group to 46 individuals.Mudakama and newborn

Legendary Silverback Titus Dies

Tuesday, September 01, 2009
On the morning of Sept. 14, Fossey Fund trackers at the Karisoke Research Center found legendary silverback Titus dead on his night nestTitus. Titus, the dominant male in one of the gorilla groups studied for many years by Karisoke, was the subject of the documentary “Gorilla King” for the PBS Nature series.

Do Gorillas Use Plants as Medicine?

Sunday, August 09, 2009
Research supported by the Fossey Fund has begun to explore the exciting question of medicinal use of plants by human and, possibly, gorilla populations.

Observing Gorilla Groups after Silverback Death

Sunday, August 09, 2009
When the dominant silverback Shinda died in November 2008 his group split into two, one led by silverback Ugenda and the other by silverback Ntambara.

Another Gorilla Infant Freed from Snare

Wednesday, July 01, 2009
For the second time this year, an infant gorilla residing in one of the mountain gorilla groups we monitor in Rwanda — Ubushake in Ugenda's group in this case — became trapped in a snare set by poachers. And once again, the youngster was rescued by Karisoke Research Center staff.

Orphaned Gorilla Care Update

Monday, June 01, 2009
Eleven young gorillas are cared for by the Fossey Fund and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in temporary facilities in Kinigi (Rwanda) and Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo). The Fossey Fund's Gorilla Rehabilitation Manager Sandy Jones reports.

Mother Gorilla Departs Titus' Group, Leaves Offspring Behind

Saturday, May 09, 2009
Bukima, a 14-year-old female, emigrated from Titus’s group to a newer group led by the younger silverback Isabukuru.

Tayna Radio Station Rising from the Ashes

Wednesday, April 01, 2009
A community radio station in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that was recently looted and burned to the ground by an armed militia is on its way back to the airwaves, with help from generous donors and the Fossey Fund.Radio station before the attack

Dr,. Anny Muyisa Helps Local Communities in Congo

Monday, September 01, 2008
Dr. Anny Muyisa leads the Fossey Fund's ecosystem health programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is responsible for an orphanage that helps children who are victims of war; a program that trains widows to raise pigs; the Tayna Muyisa Primary School; and a program that ensures that communities around the reserves are getting enough protein nutrition.

Karisoke Staff, Students at Primatology Conference

Monday, September 01, 2008
Karisoke Research Center staff, other Fossey Fund scientists, and several students from the Tayna Center for Conservation Biology in Congo, were invited to share their research on gorillas and related topics with fellow scientists from all over the world at the International Primatological Society’s convention in Edinburgh, Scotland this August.

Karisoke Bird Program Takes Flight

Friday, August 01, 2008
The Karisoke Research Center's ornithology program has already won recognition within Rwanda’s birding community and has worked in partnership with Rwanda’s Association for the Conservation of Nature.

Silverback Pablo Missing

Friday, August 01, 2008
Silverback Pablo was missing from his group of mountain gorillas on July 13, 2008, as was another silverback, Giraneze, who was later found. The silverback Inshuti, who leads another group, was found seriously wounded, apparently from a confrontation with Pablo and Giraneze.

New Names for Youngest Gorillas Chosen in Ceremony

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Each year in Rwanda, government officials, conservationists including Karisoke Research Center staff, and special guests and celebrities gather to celebrate and name all the mountain gorillas born that year in Volcanoes National Park.

Father to Son, Silverback Leadership Changes

Sunday, June 01, 2008
After being separated into two groups for over a year, Beetsme’s group (one of the main mountain gorilla groups monitored by the Karisoke Research Center) is back together again, but Kuryama continues to challenge father Titus, who leads the group.

Newborns and New Mothers

Thursday, May 01, 2008
The year 2008 started very well in terms of mountain gorilla births, with five newborns in the gorilla groups monitored by the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. Not only that, but three of the newborns were born to first-time mothers.

Inshuti's Group is Growing

Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Inshuti’s group is the most recently formed gorilla group monitored by the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The group's leader, Inshuti, is a 20-year-old silverback who lived as a solitary male for four years before forming his own group at the end of 2007.

Titus, the Gorilla King

Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Silverback Titus is one of the oldest mountain gorillas studied by the Karisoke Research Center. His life is the subject of a new television special by U.K.-based Tigress Productions called “The Gorilla King” which will air nationally on PBS stations as part of Thirteen/WNET New York’s NATURE series, and later in the year on the BBC network.

Orphaned Gorilla Field Update

Saturday, March 01, 2008
After the saddening events of 2007, when a number of mountain gorillas were killed due to civil unrest in the Congo (DRC), everyone is hoping that 2008 will be a better year. However, two more young gorillas confiscated from poachers have joined the two that survived the 2007 killings.

New Rwandan Research Assistants Now Studying Gorillas

Friday, February 01, 2008
At the end of 2007, two Rwandan research assistants were hired by DFGFI to help with our long-term gorilla behavior and demographic data collection at Karisoke. Leonard Seburanga and Djuma Nsanzimana were selected from a long list of applicants.

New Gorilla Group Forms, Disintegrates

Sunday, January 27, 2008
On Jan. 27, Karisoke staff found a group of three gorillas in the trail of Bwenge’s group: the silverback Twizere (15 years old) who had left Shinda’s group (one of the main groups we have monitored for years) in August 2007 and since travelled as a lone silverback, with two females, Nzeli and Ikaze.

Karisoke Gorilla Groups Keep on Changing

Tuesday, January 01, 2008
During 2007 the three large multi-male groups studied at Karisoke for several years broke up to form smaller groups with fewer males, and many females transferred among groups. Some silverbacks began to roam on their own. This was the most dramatic period of change since our long-term studies began decades ago!

Male Gorillas on the Move

Thursday, November 01, 2007
Since 2003, DFGFI has been conducting a study of male gorilla behavior, physiology and life history decisions. During the last four years we have seen behavior that is helping us to answer some of our questions.

Karisoke Research Center Celebrating 40 Years of Success

Saturday, September 01, 2007
Dian Fossey set up two small tents on Sept. 24, 1967, establishing the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga mountains. Forty years later, Karisoke is the world's leading center for gorilla research and protection.

Infant Gorillas Named in Traditional Ceremony

Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Twenty-three infant mountain gorillas received names in a ceremony held this June in Kinigi, Rwanda, near the national park where most members of this endangered species survive with the help of Rwanda’s Office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN), the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, other wildlife conservation organizations, and local communities.

Confiscated Gorilla Update

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Three mountain gorillas and six Grauer's gorillas conficated from poachers and cared for by the Fossey Fund in special facilities in Goma, DRC and Kinigi, Rwanda show improvements in their physical and emotional health.

Some Females Transfer from Subgroup to Split Group and Back Again

Monday, July 02, 2007
Four females — Maggie, Nzeli, Ginseng and Isaro — had transferred from Bwenge’s into Cantsbee’s subgroup. Later Maggie and Ginseng again left the group, rejoining Bwenge. Once again, female gorillas are demonstrating their independency and skills traveling alone to satisfy their own wish in being in one group or another.

Pablo's Group Encounters Snares in Forest

Monday, July 02, 2007
In the month of July, two gorillas from Pablo’s group got caught in snares. In the first case the gorilla succeeded in freeing himself but in the second instance, the gorilla had to carry the rope for three days before being freed.

Two Females Leave Rano for an Outside Group

Monday, July 02, 2007
Silverback Umushikirano (Rano) went off on his own last year and then was joined by two females, Makuba and Mawingu. After spending April and some of May together, on May 17 the two females left Rano to join an unknown gorilla group ranging over the Congo border of the Virungas.

Female Mountain Gorillas Continue to Try Out New Groups

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Transfers of female mountain gorillas among groups are becoming a routine event, at least among the groups monitored by the Karisoke Research Center’s field team. Since the beginning of the 2007, 24 females have switched groups, following several different patterns.

Newborn in Shinda's Group

Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Kanama, an 11-year-old female in Shinda’s group, gave birth to her first baby last month.We are very pleased to announce that Shinda’s group now includes 27 gorillas and hope for all the best for the new mother and infant.

Well Studied Gorilla Dies After Long LIfe

Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Thirty-eight-year-old Puck was one of the most studied mountain gorillas in history, and was the oldest living member of the largest family of gorillas ever studied as well (called the Effie clan). She died on April 10, with preliminary necropsy reports showing cancer in several locations of her body.

Becoming a Karisoke Tracker

Sunday, April 01, 2007
Last year we observed an unusually high number of events and activities among the mountain gorilla groups. To maintain our ability to monitor them effectively, we hired six new trackers who passed difficult written and physical tests.

Two Gorillas Transfer Among Groups

Sunday, April 01, 2007
On Feb. 16, three female mountain gorillas from Pablo’s group moved into one of the other groups (called Beetsme’s group).

Silverback Umurava Dies

Thursday, March 01, 2007
At the end of February, Umurava, one of the subordinate silverbacks of Pablo’s group died, after a series of adventures.

MIT Students Study Clean Water Options

Friday, February 02, 2007
Three students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visited Rwanda in collaboration with DFGFI's Ecosystem Health Program, to study options for clean water systems for communities near Volcanoes National Park.

Watching Bishushwe

Thursday, February 01, 2007
Bishushwe, a 21-year-old adult female mountain gorilla, recently left Pablo’s group, one of the mountain gorilla groups we monitor from the Karisoke Research Center. After almost two months of traveling with other groups and silverbacks she finally joined her current group, led by silverback Shinda, where it looks like she may stay

Rwandan University Students at Karisoke

Monday, January 15, 2007
Since 2002, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has partnered with the biology department at the National University of Rwanda to encourage Rwandan students and scientists to explore the field of conservation, by offering field-based conservation education activities at our Karisoke Research Center, and enabling students to conduct research in Volcanoes National Park.

Drama Continues Among Karisoke Gorillas

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Following the unusual trend of 2007, in which we observed 20 female gorilla transfers from one group to another, this year started with another change. On Jan. 7, Karisoke field staff were amazed to find that Kwiruka, a 31- year-old female, had moved from Shinda's group into Bwenge’s group.

Staff Observes Unusual Gorilla Interactions

Monday, January 01, 2007
Karisoke field staff witnessed an exciting start to the New Year with an interaction between Beetsme’s and Pablo’s group – an incredible 83 gorillas all together. This followed the transfer of female Ntobo from Pablo's group to Beetsme's.Pablo's group


Thursday, November 02, 2006
On Oct. 9, 2006, Maggie, a member of Pablo’s group, gave birth to her fourth offspring. Sadly, one month after his birth he was found dead, with a broken arm.

Annual World Bird Watch

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
In October, the Karisoke Research Center helped celebrate the Annual World Bird Festival, and specifically the Annual World Bird Watch.

Karisoke Helps Gorilla Orphans

Sunday, October 01, 2006
DFGFI's Karisoke Research Center is currently taking an active role in the care and rehabilitation of seven young gorillas who were confiscated from poachers by local authorities.

Thanksgiving Coffee Aide Visits Co-op

Sunday, October 01, 2006
A Thanksgiving Coffee aide reports on a visit to the Dakunde Kawa cooperative to renew Rwandan coffee commitments, celebrate accomplishments, and plan another year of business. The company gives $2 to the Fossey Fund from the sale of each bag of their Gorilla Fund Coffee.Thanksgiving Coffee workers

Recycling Your Cell Phone Helps Gorillas

Friday, September 01, 2006
Recycling unused cell phones can help protect the gorillas, since reuse of the phones results in the need for fewer new ones, which reduces the need for coltan mining in gorilla habitat.

Twins Update

Friday, September 01, 2006
When twin mountain gorillas were born in Rwanda in May 2004, observers were concerned about their survival. Now that the twins (one male and one female) are more than 2 years old, we are happy to report that they are both healthy and strong and beginning to show signs of independence.

A New Infant and New Activity

Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The trackers of Beetsme's group Mawingu with infantobserved the first signs of uneasiness by female Mawingu. She soon gave birth. Mawingu and the infant attracted the attention of the silverbacks, but Titus protected them.

The International Primatological Society Congress

Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The annual congress of the International Primatological Society was held on the African mainlandIPS participants for the first time this year, in Entebbe, Uganda. Several scientists and students who work with Fossey Fund programs attended.

Exclusive Interview with Sigourney Weaver

Saturday, July 01, 2006
Sigourney Weaver in RwandaSigourney Weaver, who played Dian Fossey in the 1988 film "Gorillas in the Mist," returned in 2006 to film the BBC documentary "Gorillas Revisited." The Fossey Fund interviewed her about her experiences with the gorillas and her latest visit to them and to Rwanda.

Education Program News

Thursday, June 01, 2006
The Karisoke education department has had another busy month, with the annual visit from second-year biology students from the National University of Rwanda. They also visited the nearby Bisate School to distribute school supplies, and talkRwandan university students with the parents, teachers and pupils about the importance of the park and the gorillas.

Karisoke News

Thursday, June 01, 2006
Umuco with newbornUmuco, in Pablo's group, gave birth to her third infant on May 12. In December 2004, Umuco's second infant died of unknown causes but Iyambere, her first infant, is now a thriving 5 1/2-year-old male, which brings Pablo's group to an unheard of 61 members.

Ginseng's Birth

Monday, May 01, 2006
Pablo's group, one of the three groups of mountain gorillas that Karisoke Research Center monitors and protects daily, is at last reaching an astounding 60 individuals! This latest breakthrough came when 25-year-old female Ginseng gave birth to her fifth infant on April 12.Ginseng with infant

April Field News

Saturday, April 01, 2006
Karisoke trackers observed an interaction between Pablo's group and a lone silverback. The education program is expanding to include more Rwandan university and secondary students. Claudien Nsabagasani is Lone silverback Muguriorganising a training course in ornithology with experts at Nyungwe National Park.

Confiscated Gorillas

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
DFGFI along with ICCN (the government agency responsible for conservation in DRC), ORTPN (the government agency responsible for conservation in Rwanda) and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project Orphans Itebero and Pingaare caring for five young Grauer's gorillas (eastern lowland) and one mountain gorilla that have been confiscated from poachers and traders. The most recent gorilla was confiscated this month.

New School Year for Karisoke Children

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The Fossey Fund is supporting the expenses ofTop-ranked student gets his school supplies more than 136 children of Karisoke Research Center staff at the Bisate School. Many students get honors, and new teachers are hired. At Karisoke, staff are conducting research on a variety of species.

Titus' Daughter Bukima has New Year's Birth

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The new year started wonderfully with news of a Bukima and infantbirth in Beetsme's group, one of the three mountain gorilla groups we track regularly from the Karisoke Research Center.

Helping People Helps Gorillas

Sunday, January 01, 2006
In addition to studying and protecting wild gorilla populations, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has in recent years begun an extensive program to help the human communities living near the gorillasCommunity health workers. The needs are many, from health to economic to education, and we have developed projects in all of these areas.

Birth and Gorilla Movements

Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Tuck, a descendent of the prolific "Effie clan," gives birth; Cantsbee leads Pablo's group to Mt. Visoke; and female Tuck with 2-day-old infantGufasha transfers to an unhabituated group.

Pierre Kakule Wins Conde Nast Award

Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Pierre Kakule wins thePierre Kakule and wife Dr. Anny Muyisa 2005 Conde Nast Traveler Environmental Steward Award for his conservation efforts, for creating the Tayna Reserve and Tayna Center for Conservation Biology.

Grauer's Gorillas Thriving

Saturday, October 01, 2005
Estimates now show that Grauer's gorilla, which exists only in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, ranges from a population of 5,500 to some 28,000 individuals, occupying an area of about 21,000 square kilometers.Seaarching for Grauer's gorillas

Jean-Bosco Bizumuremyi, 20 Years with Karisoke

Saturday, October 01, 2005
For Karisoke Research Center, Field Operations Coordinator Jean-Bosco Bizumuremyi ensures the smooth running of research; anti-poaching activities; and coordinating with park authorities, the military, andJean-Bosco Bizumuremyi local police.

Disney Supports Capacity Building at Karisoke Research Center

Thursday, September 01, 2005
The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund recently made a significant grant to DFGFI to support conservation capacity building in Rwanda. Disney helps make it possible for DFGFI's Karisoke Research Center staff to develop and offer training programs for University of Rwanda students interested in conservingRwandan university students at Karisoke their own country's natural resources.

Gufasha gets acceptance in new group

Thursday, September 01, 2005
Gufasha, a 7-year-old female from Beetsme's group, completed her first full month as part of Pablo's group, to which she transferred in July. Beetsme's group and Pablo's group are two of the groups DFGFI staff monitor regularly from the Karisoke Research Center

Pasika has Second Birth, Karisoke Exhibits at Mini-Expo

Monday, August 01, 2005
July was a month to celebrate at Karisoke, as Pasika, a 12-year-old female in Shinda's group, gave birth to her second offspring on the fourth of the month. Also, Karisoke exhibited at the Ruhengeri Mini-Expo.Pasika and her infant

Fossey Fund Supports TCCB Video Workshop

Friday, July 01, 2005
For six days in May, 34 students from the communications department of the Tayna Center for Conservation Biology scrambled across campus taking turns directing, filming, editing and even acting in their own conservation videos.

Twenty-eight Young Gorillas Get Names in Ceremony

Friday, July 01, 2005
Naming ceremonyThe main event of June was the long-awaited ORTPN gorilla naming ceremony, held at Kinigi, which was attended by the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and more than 2,000 people from the local area. In addition, Partners in Conservation members and Volcanoes National Park guidebook author Rick Lobello visited.

Gorilla Killing Spree by Military Forces in Eastern Congo

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

On June 7, 2005, military personnel of the Democratic Republic of Congo entered into a community-protected forest area in the east of the country and slaughtered four endangered eastern lowland gorillas for their meat.

Lone Silverback Amahoro Returns to Natal Group

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

In rare event, 19-year-old lone silverback Amahoro returns to his natal group (Shinda's), six months after leavingAmahoro. Group members accept him as if he had never left.

Karisoke Teaches Trackers, Tourist Guides, Students

Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Two sets of training and education took place in May, beginning with visits from second-year students from the National University of Rwanda.The second training course was attended by trackers and tourist guides from ORTPN, the Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks. Serge Nsengimana, Karisoke education officer

Lone SIlverback Patrols and Tracking Surprises

Sunday, May 01, 2005
After a year of gaining experience as a lone silverback, including many interactions with Beetsme's group, Inshuti finally succeeded in acquiring a female – Bukima. And this year we have been able to start up our lone silverback tracking teams.Bukima

Twenty Years Since Dian Fossey's Death

Saturday, January 01, 2005
December 2005 will mark the 20th year since the death of Dr. Dian Fossey. And it's been nearly 40 years since she began her groundbreaking work in Africa. Today, we at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International carry on her legacy.Fossey gravesite

Fossey Fund Community Development Projects

Friday, October 01, 2004
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is involved in a number of community development projects in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They support widows and orphans, education,Community development and micro-enterprises.

Fossey Staff Present Papers at International Primate Conference

Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Many of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International's scientists and researchers gave presentations at the International Primatological Society Conference in Turin, Italy, in August.

Our Ecosystem Health and Community Programs

Sunday, August 01, 2004
Although the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is primarily a conservation organization, with the mission of protecting wild gorillas and their habitats in Africa, we also feel a deep responsibility to work with and help those people who live near the gorillas and protected conservation areas, preserves and national parks, and in the towns and villages where we are based.

Gorilla Births, New Lone Silverback

Thursday, July 01, 2004
We welcomed the birth of two new infants in Pablo's group: Mudakama had her third infant on May 18 and Ntobo her second on June 13. Bukima, a Beetsme group female, gave birth to her first infant on May 21, but unfortunately, he survived only a few days. In other gorilla news, Gwiza, a former Shinda group silverback who left with two females in April, is now a lone silverback. This was also the date of an extended interaction between groups Beetsme and Shinda

Gorilla Census Shows Increase

Saturday, May 01, 2004
Despite poaching, the 2003 mountain gorilla census shows a 17 percent increase since 1989, with a total estimated population now of 380 individuals. This increase was almost entirely a result of increases in the three gorilla groups monitored and protected by DFGFI (54 out of an overall increase of 56 gorillas).

Fossey Fund Starts Conservation Program for Grauer's Gorillas

Saturday, May 01, 2004
In partnership with Conservation International and community-based reserves, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has now started a major three-year conservation effort to help protect almost the entire range of the eastern lowland gorillas,

Beetsme's Group Meets Two Lone Silverbacks

Thursday, April 01, 2004
The past month was an exciting one for Beetsme's group, since there were several interactions with lone silverback gorillasTitus leads Beetsme's group

Partnerships Create Community Conservation Zone in Eastern Congo

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Recently, the Fossey Fund completed signing partnerships with three new Congolese projects, modeled after the success of the Tayna Gorilla Reserve, which together with three other ongoing Fossey Fund projects will form a continuous zone of community conservation efforts protecting a large biodiversity block between the Maiko and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks in eastern Congo.

Tracker Profile: Faustin Barabwiriza

Friday, February 01, 2002
Faustin Barabwiriza first met Dian Fossey when he was 12 and has been with Karisoke for 30 years.

Beetsme, Odyssey of a Silverback

Tuesday, January 01, 2002
Recently, 25 years of observation of one male gorilla came to a close when silverback Beetsme died on June 15, 2001. Beetsme remains unique as the only known case of an adult male gorilla joining a breeding group.

Ecosystem Health Program Combines Health Needs with Conservation Goals

Tuesday, January 01, 2002
The Ecosystem Health Program works to combine the basic survival needs (in our case, basic health care) of the people who live close to parks and reserves with our conservation goals.

Mountain Gorilla Tourism: Costs and Benefits

Sunday, July 01, 2001
In 1979 when plans were announced to clear another 52 square kilometers for cattle grazing, conversion of their forest habitat was considered the greatest threat to the gorillas' survival. A means of making the gorillas "pay for themselves" and protecting the park was needed, and thus a tourism program was planned and developed. Researchers with experience gained from the Karisoke Research Center initiated the tourism program in Rwanda. Gorilla tourism has since become a great success in terms of revenue for Rwanda, increased protection of the park, and close surveillance of additional gorilla groups.

Fossey Fund Becomes Primary Partner with the Tayna Gorilla Reserve

Sunday, July 01, 2001
Tayna partnersThe Fossey Fund establishes a partnership with the Tayna Gorilla Reserve, a unique community-initiated gorilla reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fossey Fund to Help Build Rwanda's First Public Library

Sunday, April 01, 2001
In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga in Rwanda, the Fossey Fund has agreed to help raise funds to build Kigali's first public library.

Dian Fossey 15 Years Later

Saturday, December 30, 2000
Dec. 26, 2000 marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Dr. Dian Fossey, the legendary protector and supporter of Africa's critically endangered mountain gorillas. Today, the Atlanta-based Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International continues her work studying and protecting gorillas, and has expanded its outreach to include science, field research, education and economic development in Africa.

Naming the Gorilla Infants, a Thoughtful Process

Friday, December 01, 2000
Karisoke staff named 13 infant gorillas born in the previous year, choosing significant names in Kinyarwandan.Ruhaka on mother's back

Peace, Poaching and Streetwise Gorillas

Friday, December 01, 2000
Gorillas can fall victim to traps set for antelopes, but some gorillas can recognize snares.Snares in flames

Paskika Has Grown Up

Wednesday, December 01, 1999
Pasika (8-year-old female mountain gorilla) made her first transfer from one gorilla group to another.Pasika

Gorilla Deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

Monday, November 01, 1999
Recently there have been reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of as many as a thousand gorilla deaths due to poaching since 1996.

Scientists Contact Mountain Gorillas

Friday, October 01, 1999
Two groups of rare mountain gorillas first studied by Dian Fossey have been found in good condition in east Africa a year after animal researchers were driven out by rebel fighting.

Karisoke Research Gorilla Groups are Thriving

Friday, April 02, 1999
Jennie and infant TurakoraSince September 1998 staff have been making weekly trips to the Volcanoes National Park. Facilitated by military escorts, these visits have established that the three research groups are in good health.

Karisoke Cottage Industries

Thursday, April 01, 1999
DFGFI is supporting ways Karisoke community membersKarisoke community members can help themselves by starting micro-enterprises.

Poachers' Snares Up in Flames

Thursday, April 01, 1999
The Karisoke trackers were able to cut down 2000 snares over a two-year period. The poachers' snares are intended for bushbuck and buffalo, but gorillas often get caught in them. The snares are burned so that there is no possibility of their re-use.
Poachers' snares
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