History of Gorilla in Rwanda: Gorilla’s history in Rwanda is used interchangeably with one stronger women; Dian Fossey. She was an American zoologist who brought to international level the conservation efforts of Mountain Gorilla since 1960. Later in 70s, many documentaries on those endangered species had been produced. And since 2004, Gorilla naming ceremony “Kwita Izina” attracted many celebrities; Bill Gates, Ramsey Nouah, Natalie Portman, Isaiah Washington, Ted Turner and more, who have all participated in the annual gorilla naming ceremony. Featuring various activities, Kwita Izina is now an annual event not to miss in the country of thousand hills!
Habitat of Gorilla in Rwanda: the mountain Gorilla inhabitant high attitude and mountain forests as well as bamboo forest. The dense, forest ecosystems of the mountains of East Africa are the last remaining habitat of the mountain gorilla in the world. Gorillas are primarily vegetarian.
Gorilla diversity in Rwanda: in fact, the three subspecies of gorilla, the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is the largest and rarest; based on 2010 census, Virunga massif counted around 480 mountain gorillas where less than 30% are grouped in 8 Families and founded in Volcanoes National Park, the first National Park been created in Africa.
Major Threats in Rwanda: Habitat destruction and Environmental degradation. Due to significance efforts provided by the government and institutions in charge in collaboration with local community, poaching has decreased considerably.
Conservation in Rwanda: since 1960 with Dian Fossey, the conservation of Gorilla has reach a certain level which is now enhanced day by day through Department of Tourism and Conservation in Rwanda Development Board and NGOs; local and international working in Environment, biodiversity conservation and other related area.
Source: IGCP, RDB, WAF and The success of tourism in Rwanda _Gorillas and more (2010, Hannah Nielsenm & Anna Spenceley)