Heartening news as gorilla population surveys recommence in DRC

A new survey of habituated gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park has revealed an increase in numbers despite the continued conflict in and around the Park. The survey, in which the FFI-supported International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) played an integral role, ran from late November 2008 to late January 2009 and is the first study of gorilla numbers in the Park for over 15 months.

Bruce Liggitt, FFI’s International Gorilla Conservation Programme representative said:

“It is heartening to see that monitoring mountain gorillas has recommenced in DRC and indications are that the population may be stable or even increasing”.