The tour will trace the story of European interaction with these gentle giants, beginning with the dizzying heights of Mount Sabinyo, pausing in a misty glade to pay our respects at Dian Fossey’s grave, and finishing with Rwanda’s Kwita Izina gorilla-naming ceremony and a visit with the Susa group on the flanks of Mount Karisimbi.
Part two of the Virunga Volcanoes tour will continue next week, 15 October 2015.
Ian Redmond is vEco’s Adviser and Ambassador, and a wildlife biologist and conservationist renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a famous young silverback – to sell his skull and hands. He established and chairs The Ape Alliance, served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009, and was awarded an OBE for services to conservation in 2006.
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vEcoLive: Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, Part 1
6 October 2015, 12pm EST / 5pm BST
6 October 2015, 3pm EST / 8pm BST
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