- Most densely populated country in Africa
- One of the smallest countries in Africa geographically, roughly the size of Maryland
- Areas of wildlife contained in four national parks, protected by the Rwanda Development Board
- Varied terrain, including volcanic mountains as high as 14,000 feet (Mt. Karisimbi), as well as deep valleys, grassland, rivers and lakes
Mountain gorilla status
- The mountain gorilla population is critically small, with fewer than 880 individuals remaining, making them one of the most-endangered animals on earth.
- In Rwanda, the gorillas are limited to a small island of forest surrounded by people. The human population density around the gorillas’ habitat is among the highest in Africa.
- Impoverished local populations still depend on the forest for some resources, such as water, wood and food, which puts pressure on the small remaining habitat.
Our community programs in Rwanda
- The Fossey Fund is invested in improving quality of life for communities located near gorilla habitat and supports local infrastructure, including classrooms and improved health clinics.
- We also provide conservation education programs to students in schools near the park as well as college students who can become the next generation of African conservationists and scientists.
- Our new “Karisoke Exhibit” is now open to the public and helps everyone learn more about gorilla conservation and protection.
- Continue work with the Rwandan government to protect the mountain gorillas from threats to their survival.
- Train the next generation of local scientists and conservationists locally.
- Help educate local communities about gorillas, conservation and their role in protecting natural resources.
- Help communities thrive through education, health and livelihood efforts.
- Conduct cutting-edge science aimed at developing effective conservation strategies.
- Gorillas live in a limited protected area, surrounded by human communities.
- Gorilla population is critically small, with fewer than 880 individuals remaining, one of the most-endangered animals on earth.
- Gorillas are limited to an area of forest surrounded by people. Impoverished local populations still depend on the forest for some resources, such as water, wood and food.