Monthly Archives: December 2008

Another Taiping gorilla dies

From PASA:   Izan, a male Western Lowland gorilla that became an international symbol of illegal trade and African heritage as part of the so-called “Taiping Four,” died December 26 at the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon following a lengthy illness. An autopsy was performed following Izan’s death, and it is hoped laboratory tests in […]

Ben Affleck and Jagger make film for Congo

If peace is restored in Congo it will benefit everyone including  Gorillas. This new film may just help UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Ben Affleck and Mick Jagger teamed up on Wednesday to launch a short film called “Gimme Shelter” drawing attention to the plight of Congolese families driven from their homes by a decade of […]

Miza found and a sancuary for orphans is planned

The Virunga National Park website has released a video of Miza (Mutazimiza) the baby gorilla orphaned last year during the attack on the Kabirizi family, and star of our book Looking for Miza which is her story about how she survivied the ordeal. After 14 months of conflict it is a huge relief to see […]

Talks stall and UN accuse Rwanda of helping rebels

We’ve been closely monitoring the talks in Nairobi over the last three days. News agencies are stating that the talks have stalled, our contacts have told us that the problem is indecision by CNDP – it seems that the representatives are unable to make decisions on behalf of Laurent Nkunda. What a waste of time! […]

Talks to end conflict begin but EU cool on the idea of sending troops

Talks have begun between representatives of rebel forces fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and delegates from the Kinshasa government in Nairobi, Kenya. The discussions mediated by Olusegun Obasanjo (former president of Nigeria) hope to bring an end to fighting between the the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) and the army […]

Bees to help mountain gorillas in Uganda

In an effort to protect mountain gorillas in the Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks, a bee-keeping project has been initiated by the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP). The major objective of coming up with a project of this nature, is to benefit all the communities in the vicinity of these two national parks in Uganda. […]

New babies to Mizas family, the Kabirizi group

Its amazing that the ICCN are able to conduct a gorilla census sin Vurunga National Park despite the continued conflict that is ongoing (even though most news agencies have tired of telling that story apart from Bloomberg who reports cooperative efforts between Congo and Rwanda). Diddy at Bukima camp last year when he found Miza […]

Help us this Christmas

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Jane Goodall calls for Gorilla protection

Two good things to report about gorillas today. First, twins were born to a mountain gorilla in Uganda. It’s an extremely rare event and hopefully a good omen (if you believe in that sort of thing). Secondly Jane Goodall is  lending her voice to gorilla conservation. “Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, famous for her work with […]