The Gorilla Organization protects the habitat of mountain gorillas in Uganda by providing training in modern beekeeping methods, helping to generate income and reduce reliance on the resources of the Mgahinga National Park.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117131)
Mountain gorillas are classified as a critically endangered species, with fewer than 750 individuals remaining in the wild. One of the greatest threats to their survival is habitat loss, caused by encroachment and trespassing into central Africa's national parks, home to this magnificent gorilla. In and around the Mgahinga National Park, beekeeping is a traditional and widespread activity. It is a very popular income generating activity due to the great local demand for honey, as well as a variety of hive products including beer, wine, wax and medicinal products. However, while beekeeping can help generate much needed income, reliance on the forests to support hives and aid honey production is slowly destroying them and thus poses a serious threat to the gorillas' survival. The forests have become overrun with beehives, and when the hives are smoked out, and the honey is harvested, many of the trees on the edge of the gorilla habitat are destroyed. Alongside its partner the Kisoro Beekeepers Cooperative Society (KIBECO), the Gorilla Organization has trained more than 50 beekeepers in modern apiculture methods. Beekeepers are provided with beehives outside of the national park, and given all the training and advice they need to produce ‚Äògorilla friendly‚Äô honey. The Gorilla Organization's support for KIBECO enables the cooperative to buy crude honey from beekeepers, which it then processes and packages at its honey refinery centre before selling it for a profit. In this way, local people are able to improve their livelihoods and lift themselves out of poverty, while the gorillas and their habitat are left to thrive. Annual Funding will provide; - Beekeeping tools and equipment - Beekeeping workshops - Operating costs of a project including rent and office supplies
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