The Gorilla Organization aims to protect the habitat of mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda by educating the children living alongside the Mgahinga and Volcanoes National Parks on the importance of gorilla conservation and environmental protection. By reaching young people - the conservationists, farmers and decision-makers of tomorrow - we can ensure they grow up with an awareness of environmental issues and continue their involvement in gorilla conservation into the future.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117131)
With fewer than 750 left in the wild, the mountain gorilla is critically endangered. The Mgahinga National Park, Uganda and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda are home to around half of the total mountain gorilla population, but habitat loss due to encroachment and trespassing by communities living nearby is one of the greatest threats to its survival. As part of the Gorilla Organization’s conservation programme, we work with local partners to establish wildlife clubs in primary and secondary schools surrounding the gorilla habitat. Members are educated on conservation and environmental issues through a range of activities including planting trees and vegetables in school gardens; arts and crafts; music, drama and dance; screening of wildlife documentaries; discussions; and competitions. They are also given the opportunity to take part in excursions to the national parks, where they gain first-hand experience of conservation in action. By involving children in conservation initiatives, the project is ensuring that they are committed to the long-term protection of mountain gorillas and their habitat. Annual Funding provides; - Teaching equipment and materials - Workshops for club leaders - Agricultural tools, equipment and materials - Study visits and excursions - Special events (including competitions) - Operating costs (including project staff salaries, office supplies, rent and travel costs)
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