Jean Paul Hirwa, MSc

Gorilla Program Manager, Karisoke Research Center

Rwanda

Jean Paul Hirwa (“JP”) joined the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in 2009 as a research assistant. From 2015-2017 he completed his master’s degree, within an Erasmus Mundus master’s program on tropical biodiversity and ecosystems (called “TROPIMUNDO”), through a scholarship from the European Commission. For his thesis research, he studied foraging-related interactions between arboreal monkeys and terrestrial mammals on Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

JP returned to Karisoke in 2017 as gorilla program manager in Rwanda, where he is responsible for more than 80 Fossey Fund field staff, including gorilla trackers, anti-poaching teams, and research assistants, as well as collaborations with Rwandan park authorities and other partners.