Monthly Archives: January 2010

Alternative Fuel Helps Gorillas!

Blog by: John Huston Agriculture Project Coordinator – MGVP One Health Program One of the greatest threats to the mountain gorillas living in Virunga Massif is charcoal. This may sound odd at first, but let me explain the connection. John Huston in Rumangabo investigating fuel briquette technology. People need a fuel source to heat their […]


Noel was born on Christmas Eve in 2003. He was nurtured for the first 4 years of his life by a large mountain gorilla family led by his father, Senkwekwe. They foraged peacefully on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes above Bukima, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the summer of 2007 his […]

New Year’s Day with Kuryama

Kuryama group had been missing for 2 days.  Sometimes groups do that – they may wander into DRC or move so quickly during or after an interaction with another group that trackers cannot find them.  That must have been the case with Kuryama’s group.  When they were found the morning of New Year’s Eve the […]


I received an alarming call Thursday morning from Elisabeth, our veterinary technician with RDB (the Rwandan wildlife authority).  There was a 6.5 year old female gorilla in Pablo group with a snare on her left wrist.  Trackers found her trailing a long rope snare in the morning and were able to cut most of the […]