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My Bucket List Gorilla Trek

My Bucket List Gorilla Trek

Most people associate Uganda with gorilla trekking. Our genetic cousins hold a special allure, and the thought of coming face to face with the endangered Mountain Gorillas got even me excited to hike through a dense rain forest and up the side of a dormant volcano! But there is so much more to this ‘Pearl of Africa’, as I’ve discovered…

Prince rescues Gorillas!

Prince rescues Gorillas!

Recently Christine Boecker attended a conference on conservation and responsible, sustainable travel in Africa. Most inspirational was the story told by the Director of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode – who is actually a Belgian Prince!

As a conservationist and anthropologist, de Merode focuses on supporting African wildlife rangers in remote and difficult wildlife reserves, and is instrumental in protecting the Gorilla population in the D.R.C. de Merode now lives at the Virunga park headquarters – far removed from any princely residence in Europe!…

Mountain Gorillas – Gentle Giants

Mountain Gorillas – Gentle Giants

The Virunga Mountains are a chain of eight volcanoes in East Africa that form a border between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Many species live among the trees that fringe the base of the (mostly-dormant) volcanoes, including water buffalo, golden monkey, duiker and elephant. However it was the huge mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) that attracted the American zoologist Dian Fossey. She observed this endangered species for eighteen years from a Rwandan camp that she created between two of the volcanoes, Karisimbi and Visoke…