The Grauer gorillas (or eastern lowland gorillas) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are Critically Endangered with only around 5,000 estimated left in the wild.
To help save these precious creatures, HSI Australia continues its long-term support for gorilla anti-poaching patrols in the Tshivanga highland sector of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC.
Thanks to the help of HSI supporters, the patrols now watch over 169 individuals from 14 families. Compared to 2018, there has been an increase in gorilla families (13 to 14) and an increase of six individuals.
We are also advised by a program partners, Born Free, that Mugaruka, a large, solitary 32-year-old silverback, continues to thrive despite sometimes venturing to fields outside the park boundary where he is more vulnerable to poaching. Mugaruka often roams close to the visitor centre which offers tourists an incredible opportunity for a close encounter with a silverback without making an arduous trek through jungle terrain.
The contributions of our supporters help make such a difference to the survival of these gorillas and the brave anti-poaching teams that protect them.
In 2017, HSI commenced a two year project to support a program for the protection of threatened wildlife at the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary. The triple key goals are halting of African elephant poaching, and ensuring that forest elephants can move within the greater landscape unimpeded and safe from persecution; safe-guarding the (Nigeria/Cameroon) chimpanzee and drill populations and seeing their populations recover; and to garner support for conservation and the presence of the Sanctuary from local communities.