Winging our way to Africa

February 14, 2011

Winging our way to Africa

The activity level here at the Fossey Fund headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., is intense as we and our Africa staff colleagues prepare for a board of trustees meeting in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Staff and board members from Atlanta will be joined by other board members and guests from Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Indiana, the United Kingdom — 22 in all.

We are all looking forward to meeting and hearing from our field staff, beginning with the Karisoke Research Center scientists and researchers, mostly Rwandan, who are almost as excited as we are. Our young scientists are preparing to wow the board members as they discuss the monitoring and research activities not only among the gorillas and the golden monkeys but also with the whole biodiversity program. Some of their reports will be shown on the website when we return.

Then on to the traditional and very popular party in the garden at the Karisoke Research Center, where everyone — board members, science staff, trackers, data technicians, accountants, house staff, drivers and many collaborators and friends — will celebrate and welcome the board members, hear introductions of all the staff, eat a little, drink a little and dance a lot!

I can't wait and I haven't yet described the Congolese itinerary….so more to follow.