• Rwanda (© Angela Meder)

Memories - Working with Two Mountain Gorillas in the Cologne Zoo

June 2018

The two mountain gorillas from the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, Coco and Pucker, arrived in the Cologne Zoo in May 1969. At that time it was a very...[details]

Gorillas in our Midst: the Current Whereabouts of Coco and Pucker

June 2018

Dian Fossey's famous book Gorillas in the Mist (1983) contains several memorable episodes from her years of studying the mountain gorillas in the...[details]

Number of Virunga Gorillas Increased again!

May 2018

In 2015 to 2016 another gorilla census was conducted in the Virunga Volcanoes - and as the censuses before, the result was very positive again. It...[details]

Silverback Sagas: Dominance Struggles Among Male Gorillas

January 2018

When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain very serious injuries with their long canine teeth. Over the last 30...[details]

DFGF Celebrates 50 Years of Karisoke

January 2018

It is 50 years now that Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center to study the little known mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National...[details]

Two Silverbacks Die in Rwanda

December 2014

The 21-year-old silverback male Umushikirano (Rano), leader of Titus group in Volcanoes National Park, was found dead on July 28, 2014 by trackers....[details]

The Work of Art of Conservation

November 2013

Singing Amahoro (peace) at Rushubi School in Musanze, Rwanda (© Art of Conservation)

Art of Conservation (AoC) is pleased to celebrate our first 7 years of successful creative learning and community development programs about...[details]

The 2011 Kwita Izina

January 2012

Performance at the Kwita Izina (© Gabriele Müller-Jensen)

Rwanda demonstrates how much the country values its few remaining mountain gorillas. Every year, Kwita Izina is celebrated in June. All mountain...[details]

New Gorilla Orphan Confiscated

January 2012


A new orphan gorilla infant arrived in the night on Sunday, August 7th, 2011, at the care facility in Kinigi, Rwanda operated by the Dian Fossey...[details]

Orphaned Gorilla Care

January 2012

Jan Ramer (right) examining Shamavu, who is held by the ranger Shamavu (© Molly Feltner)

Gorilla confiscations are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far this year 3 eastern lowland, or Grauer’s gorillas have been...[details]

Human Metapneumovirus Infection

July 2011

Mararo grooming her sick son Impundu (© Magdalena Braum)

The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla...[details]

Changing Ecological Conditions

December 2010

Cyril Grüter on top of a Virunga Volcano (© Cyril Grüter)

The mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcano Massif have been the subject of intense research and conservation efforts by the Karisoke Research...[details]

History of Mountain Gorilla Research

June 2009

Titus in 1974, 2 days old, in the arms of his mother Flossie (© Kelly Stewart)

Fifty years ago, in 1959, George Schaller left New York for Africa to begin a study of mountain gorillas that would have lasting impact. His year of...[details]

Emergency Funding in Virunga

July 2009

Mikeno rangers with snares they collected during a patrol in January 2009 (© IGCP)

From early 2007, security in mountain gorilla habitats has been highly volatile due to the long-lasting war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...[details]

Rapid Decline in the Largest Group of Mountain Gorillas

December 2008

Interaction between the Pablo group and Beetsme’s group (© Veronica Vecellio, DFGFI)

Pablo's group is the largest habituated group of mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, or anywhere in the world. The group was...[details]

Training of HuGo Members

October 2008

In the villages close to the gorilla national parks in Uganda and Rwanda, HuGo (Human-Gorilla Conflict Intervention) teams are working to improve the...[details]

Sweaters for Rangers

January 2008

Rangers of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park with new sweaters (© Carlos Schuler)

The rangers of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, of the Mikeno Sector in the Virunga National Park and of the Volcano National Park received green...[details]

Rain Jackets for the Rangers

January 2007

Rangers in Rwanda with rain jackets

In the Mikeno Sector of the Virunga National Park and in the Volcano National Park the rangers received high-quality rain jackets from us.[details]

Rain Jackets and Backpacks for the Rangers

November 2006

Rangers received urgently needed equipment from us.[details]

Respiratory Diseases in Mountain Gorillas

December 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Another Twin Birth in Kahuzi-Biega

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Situation in the Parc National des Volcans

December 1998

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Conservation Activities in Rwanda

June 2000

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Benefits and Costs of Mountain Gorilla Tourism

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]