- To support the people who are employed by national authorities to protect the gorillas and their forests.
- To raise awareness and provide support to the people who live in gorilla areas – the gorillas would not survive without their cooperation and help.
- To give direct aid during sudden, unpredictable events such as wars, rebel attacks or volcanic eruptions, which often create emergencies.
Our work is financed by donations and members' contributions. As we work on a honorary basis, very little of our funds is spent for administration. We do not follow a rigid approach: we make decisions on an individual basis, in a fast and un-bureaucratic manner, appropriate to individual conditions and requirements. Our assistant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is in constant contact with the local projects.
Specific Activities in situ
We do not manage our own projects, but we support protected areas and other nature conservation organisations when something is urgently needed. We decide what to fund quickly and without bureaucratic constraints. We collaborate with local contact persons in whom we trust. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo we employ an assistant: he is in daily contact with the various projects. The range of our activities increases all the time. Here are some examples:
- We provide rangers with uniforms and other clothes, equipment and provisions. We try to procure the clothes from local companies and business initiatives.
- We provide equipment to protected areas (e.g. cameras, bicycles and communications equipment).
- We fund the demarcation of protected area boundaries.
- We provide the funds for the construction or renovation of patrol posts.
- We pay for the reforestation of clear-felled areas to expand gorilla habitat or create buffer zones.
- We help to fund research projects conducted by African scientists that contribute directly to gorilla conservation.
- We fund awareness campaigns among local populations. These campaigns are planned individually by local experts.
- We support the local population if this serves gorilla conservation. For example, we help to fund schools providing education for pigmy children.
- We inform the public about the status of the gorillas through our website, which is available in German and English. In German speaking areas, we provide information through public talks, at information stalls, etc.
- We distribute our Gorilla-Journals (in German, English and French) to scientists and nature conservationists. Conservationists and researchers (particularly those in Africa) are encouraged to publish articles in the journal.