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IGCP works to save the mountain gorilla and its habitat

As a coalition of three international conservation organizations, the International Gorilla Conservation Programme is unique. The African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (also known as the World Wildlife Fund) have joined forces to ensure the survival of the critically endangered mountain gorilla and its habitat.

Any donation directly processed through this webpage will be transacted in GBP and earmarked for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme via our coalition partner, FFI, based in the UK. If you wish to make a bank transfer directly to IGCP, please send an email to info@igcp.org for our bank details in Rwanda. Thank you for your support!

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We are 10% towards our target of $2,000 to provide rainwater harvesting for two families.

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Why getting water to people is important for mountain gorilla conservation

supporting the community

One of the resources that people are in desperate need of and that they enter parks in search of is WATER. Although the region is blessed with ample rainfall, the volcanic geology means that the rain that falls disappears quickly down the slopes or deep into the ground.

building a community

And when people en mass enter the parks in search for water, it causes habitat degradation and increases the risk of disease transmission from people to mountain gorillas . In addition, when people are the park, it increases the opportunity for other resource extraction like collection of timber for firewood.

supporting rangers

Community members will be trained to construct these rainwater harvesting tanks themselves with locally-available materials, enabling them to build additional tanks and train others to do so as well.

Latest news & posts
  • IGCP Job Advert – Conservation Scientist

    IGCP Job Advert – Conservation Scientist

    The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is recruiting a new staff position! Download the Conservation Scientist job advert for more details. Applications should be received by 5 PM Central Africa Time on...

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    Gorilla & community protectors in DRC receive training, equipment

    Gorilla & community protectors in DRC receive training, equipment

    Don't be alarmed. The photo above is not an emergency scene, it is a training scene. From October 3rd to 5th, 40 HuGo team members from different corners around the Mikeno sector participated in a training held in...

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    Daily info gathering by rangers feeds park planning

    Daily info gathering by rangers feeds park planning

    Data crunching. It's not very glamorous, but it is vitally important to the conservation of the critically-endangered mountain gorillas. Up-to-date, relevant and timely information is an essential prerequisite which...

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    Nose prints and mountain gorilla know-how

    Nose prints and mountain gorilla know-how

    All gorillas are just as physically and genetically different as you are from your neighbor. To know these differences helps to monitor mountain gorilla population demographic changes and health status of habituated...

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  • Back to the business of mountain gorilla monitoring

    Back to the business of mountain gorilla monitoring

    Monitoring the location and health of habituated mountain gorillas is something, under ideal circumstances, that happens every day. Unfortunately, the conditions in different parts of the Virunga Massif have been far...

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    A long and weary week

    A long and weary week

    It has been almost nine months of renewed insecurity in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which includes the area where IGCP works alongside Virunga National Park for the conservation of the...

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    Concern remains for the mountain gorillas and people of Virunga National Park, DRC

    Concern remains for the mountain gorillas and people of Virunga National Park, DRC

    The status of Virunga National Park's mountain gorillas remains unknown as rebels continue to occupy the park's gorilla sector. It has been since May that M23 rebels - also referred to as the Congolese Revolutionary...

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    Population of mountain gorillas in Bwindi determined by census

    Population of mountain gorillas in Bwindi determined by census

    A census of mountain gorillas, Gorilla beringei beringei, conducted in 2011 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, confirms a minimum population of 400 gorillas, raising the total world population of mountain...

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