We work on the frontline of gorilla conservation. Working with communities in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, our projects build a better future for gorillas and the people they live alongside.
After years of civil war, much of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a lawless wilderness with no government rangers. Our community rangers are brave and selfless men, risking their own lives to save their gorilla brothers and sisters.
Encouraging children who live near the gorillas to love the environment can change their nations' conservation efforts, creating the forest-friendly farmers, conservationists, artists and eco-tour operators of tomorrow.
With every initiative that The Gorilla Organization sets up, from farming and education to solar power skills training, women raise up their communities and teach other women.
In just four years our Stop the Snares Project has reduced the number of snares in south Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from 800 to virtually zero. This has removed a terrible danger for the last remaining mountain gorillas. It must continue.
The people living right alongside the gorillas in the Virunga National Park are some of the poorest in Africa, with levels of poverty particularly high among the indigenous communities.
Traditional farming is hard work, it doesn’t supply enough for people to live on and it damages the land, so local people turn the national parks into farmland and forage in the forests. We give them an alternative.
The once-mighty Congo basin rainforest is disappearing fast. We are planting millions of trees to help local communities and stop them entering the national parks where the last wild gorillas can survive.
Young Africans are changing the face of conservation and the Ymke Warren Memorial Gorilla Conservation Award is dedicated to helping the best early career researchers.
The Gorilla Organization has been involved in a range of initiatives over more than two decades. Some projects reach a natural end, while others are discontinued or out on hiatus for many reasons from a lack of funding or participants or a change in the political background.