Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mists, a Story about an Intrepid Gorilla Conservationist in the Virunga Mountains

Secrets in the Mist offers an intimate account of the life and legacy of the iconic primatologist Dr Dian Fossey, 32 years after her vicious murder. Under the watchful assistance of the late anthropologist Dr Louis Leakey and sponsorship by National Geographic, Dian Fossey (1932-85) set forth to explore and study the endangered mountain gorillas… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: The Renegade Scientist Who Taught Us to Love Gorillas

A peek into the National Geographic archives reveals how Dian Fossey refused to let anyone “cheapen” the misunderstood primates. By Nina Strochlic Before she was known around the world for living with mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey struggled to bring attention to their dwindling numbers. Certain that gorillas were on the verge of extinction, she adopted… Read More

World’s Vanishing Wild Places are Vital for Saving Species: Virunga, Gorillas, Elephants…

TheConversation Author: Bill Laurance Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate, James Cook University In science, it’s rare that a new idea comes along that stops people in their tracks. For ecologists, this has just happened, in a paper that found that species living in wild places have more genetic diversity than the same species living in… Read More

Remember: This Amazing Lady Changed Modern Conservation!

This amazing lady changed modern conservation, we learnt from the events that sadly took her life. We now know that its essential to engage with the local population, have them involved with projects, enable and help them to conserve and earn at the same time. No longer can conservation ever be a blanket ban on… Read More

Virunga: Gorillas in the Mist…and the new oil battelfield – Spanish Insight

The second largest daily newspaper in Spain ‘El Mundo’ informs the Spanish speaking public about the oil threat in Virunga National Park. In this insightful article, the author highlights the factors threathening the Park, the death of 150 rangers fighting for its survival; as well as the atrocities that have been happening in this conflictive… Read More

Endangered Gorillas: Charcoal, War and … Oil

Think oil, think population influx in and around the Virunga park, increased deforestation, conflict and bye bye gorillas…. The films follows two European journalists a Dutch Photojournalist and a British foreign correspondent as they cover an environmental story centred on the Virunga National Park DRC. More information available at: ERA FILMS ‘Stories Behind Our Foreign… Read More

MAY 2012: Total, Virunga “is in your hands”

WWF has called on French oil company Total to refrain from exploration in Virunga National Park. At a meeting of Total shareholders and investors Friday, WWF hosted a demonstration and published an open letter to the company president. Total has been granted an oil concession that includes a portion of the World Heritage Site, which… Read More

Oil Exploration Could Threaten Gorillas

A government order permitting oil exploration in the Virunga Mountains could pose a threat to critically endangered Mountain gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to officials from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). “There are approximately 780 Mountain gorillas left in the wild, and any disturbance in their ecosystem could have disastrous… Read More