A male Cross River Gorilla has been shot earlier this month in the Lebialem Highlands near Pinyin in the Santa Sub Division of North West Cameroon. The presence of this silverback gorilla was reported by a local teacher who was going to her farm very early in the morning on March 1st 2013 at about 1 km away from the village. Pinyin is about 33 km from the proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
Claudine André, President of Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo (ABC) and Founding Director of Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only sanctuary for the endangered bonobo, will be honored with a $50,000 prize from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at their first-ever Commitment to Conservation Award ceremony in Columbus Ohio, on April 6th 2012. The ceremony in April will launch the biennial event. Recipients of the award are long-term partners of the Zoo who receive support for their work through the Zoo’s Conservation Fund. The award is made possible through proceeds from the Zoo’s annual Wine for Wildlife event.
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) today launched the GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award, seeking to inspire a new wave of Africans and Asians dedicated to the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat. The award was introduced at the CITES XVI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
Albertine Rift Region — Conservationists struggling to protect the remaining population of Ugandan chimpanzees have raised concerns that people around wildlife reserves in the west of the country have taken to eating the primates.
"There is now an issue of eating bush meat. We did not think Ugandans were eating primate meat but we are starting to observe that monkeys and chimps are being eaten. This is scary. The threat to their survival has been growing bigger," according to Lily Ajarova who runs the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, located on an island of the same name in Lake Victoria in the Albertine Rift region.
The Norwegian embassy in Kampala has availed $30,000 (Shs 75m) as contribution towards the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga national Park. The money is channelled through the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), a conservation body that brings together three countries that share the Virunga massif - Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.
Saint Petersburg: The committee overseeing World Heritage Sites yesterday cautioned that petroleum exploration in Virunga National Park could cause serious harm and should be halted. WWF, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Lukuru Foundation welcome this strong position and urge the DRC government and oil companies to act on it.
The stress of human encroachment on ape habitats is leading to ape communities self-medicating themselves with leaves in attempts to make themselves healthy. Scientists have long been aware than chimpanzees use plant leaves to purge intestinal worms from their body - but researchers in Bulindi, Uganda, have noted that now the chimps, stressed by humans, are swallowing more and more leaves, with little benefit to their health.
On Saturday, Rwandans were joined the rest of the global community, including members of the diplomatic corps and foreign dignitaries, at the annual Kwita Izina event in Musanze District. Despite the extremely cold temperatures at the foot of Virunga Mountains in Kinigi, the colourful ceremony ended with 19 baby gorillas, including a set of twins and one female adult being named. So far, 141 Gorillas have been named since 2005.
19 baby gorillas, including a set of twins and one female adult, were yesterday given names in a colorful ceremony held at the foot of Virunga Mountains in Kinigi-Musanze District, Northern Province. Thousands, among them members of the diplomatic corps, foreign dignitaries, international journalists and conservation enthusiasts from across the world, witnessed the naming of the gorillas in the annual Kwita Izina event.
Kasese – Renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has put the lives of mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif at risk.
The intense fighting, which broke out on May 11 between rebels led by renegade General Bosco Ntaganda and Kinshasa government forces, has resulted in the closure of five patrol posts in DRC's Virunga national park.
GOMA, Congo — There are only about 800 mountain gorillas left in the world and most of them live in Virunga National Park, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. But their home territory is occupied by heavily armed rebels fighting the Congolese government.
Washington — The Cross River gorilla was considered extinct until the 1980s, when it was sighted in its only known habitat, the mountainous rain forest along the Cameroon-Nigeria border. With fewer than 300 individuals of this unique subspecies remaining, it is the most endangered African ape. But there is good news as governments and conservation groups work to protect the gorilla and its habitat.