Sunday, June 18, 2006

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - DFGFI Field News

Couple of links from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund today from their monthly Field News reports.

First up is the annual visit from second-year biology students from the National University of Rwanda.
The 34 students arrived in two groups for a four-day course intended to introduce them to the concepts of biodiversity and conservation, concentrating on the Park National des Volcans and the mountain gorillas. Especially exciting for the students is a visit to one of the tourist gorilla groups, something few Rwandans ever get to experience.
Secondly, there is more baby news from Pablo's Group of Mountain Gorillas, bringing the total in the group up to an unbelievable 61 individuals.
Umuco, in Pablo's group, gave birth to her third infant on May 12. In December 2004, Umuco's second infant died of unknown causes but Iyambere, her first infant, is now a thriving 5 1/2-year-old male.