Virunga National ParkMikeno

Mikeno Sector

Virunga National park

  • Parc National des Virunga, Mikeno-Sektor (© Angela Meder)

Parc National des Virunga, Mikeno Sector

Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Conservation status:
National Park, World Heritage Site,
part of Virunga Conservation Area

Area:
250 km²

Height:
Karisimbi: 4507 m,
Visoke: 3711 m,
Mikeno: 4437 m,
Sabinyo 3637 m

Gorillas:
Virunga Conservation Area: c. 480 mountain gorillas

Gorilla tourism:
possible if security allows

D. R. Congo, Virunga National Park,
Mikeno Sector - tourist groups

  Feb. 2008 Aug. 2008 Feb. 2009 May 2009 Apr. 2010 June 2012 Jan. 2013
Mapuwa 12 12 14 14 16 18 18
Kabirizi 32 31 33 34 36 33 37
Munyaga 5 5 5 5 6 7 8
Humba 9 9 10 12 12 16 16
Lulengo 5 7 6 6 8 4 9
Rugendo 5 5 9 9 5 7 8

Solitary silverback males: Ruzirabwoba, Karateka, Mareru, Pilipili, Buhanga, Bukima, Mukunda 

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]

The Virunga Communications Post Installation

January 2017

Security problems in the Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been a severe danger for the park's wildlife and its forests,...[details]

Gorilla Census in the Virungas 2010

June 2010

Augustin Basabose with an assistant during the census (© Augustin Basabose)

Recently, I spent 10 days in the field as part of a team counting mountain gorillas during a 2-month census which took place from 1st March to 25th...[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]

Compasses and GPS Devices for the Rangers

September 2009

Our assistant Claude Sikubwabo hands over compasses and GPS devices to the ICCN (© Claude Sikubwabo)

For the Mikeno Sector we handed over this urgently needed equipment to the Virunga National Park administration.[details]

Digital Cameras

September 2008

We donated two digital cameras to the rangers of the Mikeno Sector (Virunga National Park) for gorilla monitoring.[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]

Severe Problems in Virunga National Park

December 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Uniforms for the Virunga National Park and the Sarambwe Reserve

September 2007

Uniforms for the Virunga National Park and the Sarambwe Reserve (© Claude Sikubwabo)

The rangers of the Mikeno Sector and the Sarambwe Reserve received complete uniforms with patches.[details]

Killing of Two Silverbacks

June 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

History of the Rugendo Family

December 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[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]

Low Wall High Impact

December 2004

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

The Mikeno Gorillas 2002

December 2002

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

Primates at the Edge of the Abyss

June 2002

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

An Initiative to Resolve Conflicts

June 2002

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

The Mikeno Gorillas 1998

December 1998

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

The Mikeno Gorillas 1996

December 1996

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Snares in the Mikeno Sector

June 2010

Rangers of the Virunga National Park with snares (© www.gorilla.cd)

Mount Visoke lies at the heart of mountain gorilla habitat - and so naturally the rangers of the Virunga National Park often venture onto the flanks...[details]

Gorilla Tourism on Mikeno

December 2009

Tourists with masks during their gorilla visit on Mikeno (© www.gorilla.cd)

Mountain gorilla tourism brings much needed revenue to the Virunga National Park for the conservation effort - but it also brings the threat of...[details]

Cave Dwelling Gorillas

December 2006

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]