Jean Pierre "Samedi" Mucyo

Gorilla Protection & Monitoring Officer

Rwanda

“Samedi” studied zoology and conservation at the National University of Rwanda and was among the university students who benefited from the Fossey Fund’s capacity-building programs in Rwanda. Through a Fossey Fund scholarship he was able to do his thesis research on gorillas and started to understand the life of gorillas and feel more connected with them.

Samedi earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology and conservation in 2010 and was hired to be a research assistant in May 2016 at the Karisoke Research Center, where he helped collect behavioral data. Samedi enjoys working with the gorillas and his great passion is seeing them growing well and happy. He loves to see gorillas playing!

In January 2016, he was promoted to be the monitoring and protection officer at Karisoke, where he coordinates all field activities of the gorilla program, helping to ensure the continuity and quality of data collection by our anti-poaching teams and gorilla trackers.