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Dr Kinani’s penchant for rescuing Rwanda’s great apes from extinction

By Gilbert Mwijuke As a schoolboy, one of Jean Felix Kinani’s favourite pastimes was visiting the zoo in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he grew up. “My father always told me that ‘you should become a vet’,” says Kinani. “…and that’s partly why, when I completed high school, I joined the veterinary school at the University ...

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Gorilla expert shares dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking

By Our Reporter A few days ago, an Australian tourist was knocked to the ground by a silverback gorilla while she was trekking the iconic species in the Volcanoes National Park. The tourist, identified as Gemma Cosgriff (pictured above), was left in terror when the gorilla, which reportedly weighed about 300kg, rushed towards her and pushed her over. Damian, Cosgriff’s ...

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Why you should watch Virunga the movie

By Staff Writer/Travel News Rwanda  Anyone with an interest or passion for the environment and wildlife should watch this movie. It tells the story of a group of people who are fighting hard to defend the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo. Founded in 1925 by King Albert I of Belgium, Virunga is the oldest national park in Africa. Since ...

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Gorillas handle humans with kid gloves because they perceive us to be fragile, says expert

Last week, a silverback gorilla was fatally shot by a member of Cincinnati Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team, sparking outrage from animal rights activists and conservationists around the world. The western lowland gorilla was reportedly shot dead so that authorities at the zoo could rescue a three-year-old child who had fallen into the captive animal’s enclosure. According to Dr Jean Felix Kinani, the ...

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Conservationists call for transparency in tourism revenue sharing

By Our Reporter Rwanda is famous for its iconic mountain gorillas – an endangered species that can only be found in the Virunga massif, a chain of eight volcanic mountains in the border areas between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tourism is currently Rwanda’s top foreign exchange earner, raking in more than $300 per year. Gorilla ...

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It’s World Elephant Day: Interesting facts you need to know about these vulnerable animals

By Evelyn Masaba The African elephant is the largest existing land animal in the world, which makes them very easy to sight in the many animal reserves and national parks that they can be found. In Uganda, you will find several of these elephants in national parks such as Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi, while in Rwanda they can be ...

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The art and science of counting Virunga’s mountain gorillas

By Gilbert Mwijuke It’s 10:30am on April 2 in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Bamboo trees rise about 40 metres into the sky and create canopies. The air, which is quite thick, is perfused with fresh smells of foliage. We are in the section of the park that is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas, whose numbers declined dramatically in ...

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