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Collateral Damage: The Unexpected Effects of COVID-19 on Endangered Species

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Mountain Gorillas, Sustainable Agriculture, Threatened and Endangered Species, Uganda

COVID-19 and Poaching A silverback gorilla named Rafiki was killed last month by poachers in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, making him the first mountain gorilla to be killed in nine years. The sudden change in poaching norms is said to be a direct result of COVID-19 travel bans: the nation’s tourism industry typically brings … Continue reading Collateral Damage: The Unexpected Effects of COVID-19 on Endangered Species

Oil Exploration Threatening Mountain Gorillas

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Mountain Gorillas, Threatened and Endangered Species

Oil exploration in Africa’s oldest National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, threatens Mountain Gorilla habitat for the critically endangered mountain gorillas.  British oil company, SOCO, holds concessions for 85% of the Virunga National Park and the Democratic Republic of Congo is pressing ahead with oil exploration.  Oil exploration will lead to irreparable harm … Continue reading Oil Exploration Threatening Mountain Gorillas

New stoves in Ugandan schools to protect people and help gorillas!

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Fuel-Efficient Stoves, Mountain Gorillas

We now have over a thousand stoves installed in homes in Mexico.  We then expanded to Kenya and this year into Uganda.   On April 24th-25th, one of our trustees, Daniel Kikemu, traveled to Bwindi, western Uganda to build safe energy-saving stoves in four schools.  These schools are located on the edge of the beautiful Bwindi … Continue reading New stoves in Ugandan schools to protect people and help gorillas!