Reforesting Rwanda’s endemic-rich Albertine Rift


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Since the launch of Bisate in 2017, Wilderness Safaris’ first lodge in Rwanda at Volcanoes National Park (VNP), the company’s visionary ecotourism presence in the region has aided the conservation, and return, of numerous endemic species. As part of this, an on-site nursery supplies more than 100,000 seedlings of several indigenous species per annum, with nearly 30,000 trees having already made it to stage of maturity as independent saplings.

The ultimate aim of this reforestation project is that the Bisate Reserve becomes a vital buffer, and wildlife extension, to Volcanoes National Park itself. This is important for continued population growth in range-restricted primates such as golden monkey and mountain gorilla.

It is also encouraging to note that the global population of mountain gorillas is now estimated at 1039, with the Virunga Massif home to just over 600 individuals, thus a key subpopulation. This has led to mountain gorilla being downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Wilderness Safaris is proud to play a part in this small victory pertaining Great Apes conservation.


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