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Rwanda

Rwanda is home to our Karisoke Research Center since 1967 and is one of three countries in Africa where mountain gorillas live.

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About Rwanda

  • 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 only about 1,000 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.
  • Local populations still depend on the forest for some resources, such as water, wood and food, which puts pressure on the small remaining habitat.

Goals

  • 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 and livelihood efforts.
  • Conduct cutting-edge science aimed at developing effective conservation strategies.

Challenges

  • Mountain gorillas live in a limited protected area, surrounded by human communities.
  • Mountain gorilla population is critically small, with fewer than 880 individuals remaining, one of the most-endangered animals on earth.
  • Mountain gorillas are limited to an area of forest surrounded by people. Local populations still depend on the forest for some resources, such as water, wood and food.