Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund - April E-News

Biodiversity finds a home on our Ellen Campus.

When we began construction on our new Ellen Campus in 2019, a significant part of our plan included restoring native plant species to this former agricultural space. We planted roughly 250,000 individual plants from 110 different species—and as the plants returned, so did the insects, insectivores and other native species.

To learn more about how the landscape of our new home is already attracting new birds, insects and even mammals, read our full story—and see some of the new species that have made their homes at our new home.

University of Rwanda students welcomed back.

Recently a group of 61 third-year students from the University of Rwanda joined us in the Volcanoes National Park for a field training in research methods. This was our first field training since the program was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have been hosting these trainings since the mid 2000s, but this year was particularly special as it was the first group of students to visit our new home, where they received a tour of the Cindy Broder Conservation Gallery to learn more about about mountain gorillas and our 50+ years of work.

The students went inside the park with our biodiversity program manager, Deogratias Tuyisingize, learning and practicing field research techniques.

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“Dian Fossey passed her legacy to us. By training students, we are able to pass that legacy on to the next generation of conservationists – ensuring the survival of future generations of mountain gorillas and their habitats. It’s more important than ever that we continue training future conservation leaders as our planet continues to face increasing threats to its health.” – Deo Tuyisingize

Update on the gorillas – or in this case… golden monkeys!

This month, the results of our biodiversity team’s recent golden monkey survey were published. Our biodiversity manager Deo Tuyisingize led the study, which presented an accurate estimate of the golden monkey population size that will help us understand how conservation efforts for this endangered species are working. Armed with this knowledge, we hope to see their numbers steadily grow. To read their full study, please visit here.

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