THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR #153
HSI SUPPORTERS HAVE HELPED GROW CONGO’S GORILLA POPULATION.
AND NOW WE CAN EXPAND ON THIS SUCCESS.
Newborns bringing new hope
THANKS TO THE EXTREME GENEROSITY OF OUR SUPPORTERS AND IN COOPERATION WITH THE
BORN FREE FOUNDATION, HSI HAS PROVIDED SOME $140,000 FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE
ENDANGERED EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLA IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO.
These are the world’s largest gorillas and are found only in the Congo, with key populations
surviving in its Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Your money has gone directly to protecting them.
And it has been a game changer. In resourcing the Congolese Wildlife Authority (CWA), under
the expert guidance of Chief Warden Radar Nishuli, we have seen gorillas monitored by his staff
increase from 147 to 153 (between October 2014 and March 2015).
And reassuringly, a Born Free colleague visited Kahuzi-Biega and reported recently “The commitment
of the chief warden is one I haven’t observed anywhere else in 20 years of working on the
Colleagues have also reported that CWA and other leading conservation organisations see the
program as having “a large and positive impact” because of consistent funding since 2011
by HSI and Born Free.
Your funding has helped guard and monitor 12 families, including: health surveys by qualified and
experienced vets; treatment of individual gorillas for sicknesses such as flu; prevention of
transmissible diseases; removal of snares; and development of a photographic database
to identify family members for improved future protection.
Unfortunately, other threats abound. Poaching inside and outside the park continues, civil war
results in deaths and casualties, others are killed as bush meat to feed rebel and militia troops, and
still others are lost in ‘revenge killings’ for confiscation of illegal charcoal or other illegal materials.
Worringly, their habitat is being destroyed by mining, logging, charcoal and agricultural
expansion, with the spread of humans bringing gorilla families into direct conflict.
This makes it essential that we continue our support, particularly as the small (but welcome)
increase in numbers means our presence and empowering the local guards is working. So,we
need your help in maintaining the current protection campaign in the park and also
expanding into remote parts of Kahuzi-Biega besieged by poachers and other threats.
Fortunately, we can expand this program at a smaller cost because the infrastructure exists
from our pilot plan. Your support will assist in a new monitoring and enforcement program in
Nzovu, a lowland area of the park where vulnerable families are desperate for our intervention.
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