Saved from the hands of poachers, the baby chimpanzee “Kimia” found refuge at Lwiro primate rehabilitation centre.

texte du site web Un bébé chimpanzé sauvé d - ENSince Democratic Republic of Congo’s deadly civil war, its fauna and flora has yet to experience a moment of peace – from the devastation of its forests to the trafficking of baby chimpanzees. Recently a baby chimp of about 2 years of age was confiscated from poachers in Bili Uele protected area complex in Orentale Procince by Bernard Lyomi, director of ICCN for Bili Uiele. With the authorization of the ICCN Director General Dr. Cosma Wulingula, this orphan was transferred to Lwiro’s rehabilitation centre of chimpanzees (CRPL) based near Kahuzi-Biega National Park on Tuesday, 16th of March, under the supervisor of Doctor Kizito Kakule and CRPL’s manager, Ms. Itsaso from the Spanish NGO COOPERA. We would like to thank US-GRASP and MONUSCO for providing the transport and logistics to bring the baby chimp to the sanctuary where it will be given care and the best chance of survival. Upon the arrival at the centre, the chimp was kept separately from other groups and under medical observation of Dr. Linda before integrating it into its new family of other baby chimpanzees.

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THE CHIEFTAINSHIP OF KABARE MAKES A COMMITMENT IN THE PROTECTION OF THE PARK

His Majesty KABARE and ecoguards

His Majesty KABARE and ecoguards

His majesty MWAMI KABARE RUGEMANINZI N’ABUSHI has been much implicated in the conservation of nature; his engagement in the activities of preservation of the nature has been noticed by the Managing Director of the Congolese Institute of Conservation of the Nature. To acknowledge his efforts he has been named to benefit with the ecological medal‘s merit. It’s happened on the official delivery of mills and goats to widows of écogardes by the KEISER SUISSE ASSOCIATION.

Mrs KEISER GiSLAINE happy with her medal

Mrs KEISER GiSLAINE happy with her medal

This delivery of mills and goats intervened on 20th of this year, we were honored to receive his Excellence Madam Adolphine Byayuwa the provincial Minister of Environment, Majesty Mwami Kabare, Madam Gislaine Keiser founder of the association keiser initiative for Uganda and Mr Pascal Matondo the coordinator of keiser in Uganda.

His Majesty KABARE and Mrs KEISER

His Majesty KABARE and Mrs KEISER

Mister Jean Pierre Jobogo representing IRF (international Rangers’ Federation) in RDC who put this association in touch with the KBNP has also heightened of his presence. Widow’s life the ecoguards, have been hectic since the death of their brave husbands.  Managing daily living has been so hard, covering basic need like food, schooling of children and daily expenses has been has serious problem. While Kahuzi Biega National Park was wondering how to support these families, a funder come and blessed these widows with little stuff to help up lift their daily living.
We are so open to whoever feels that he can also contribute and donate to other project of KBNP. We are so grateful to all partners of the park.

His Excellence Mrs Adolphine Provincial Minister of Environment,His Majesty KABARE and Mrs KEISER

His Excellence Mrs Adolphine Provincial Minister of Environment,His Majesty KABARE and Mrs KEISER

IMPLEMENTING OF COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF BAKONDJO GROUPS

Ibanga the capital of Bakondjo

Ibanga the capital of Bakondjo

The actual involvement of local communities living at the peripheries of the Park in the governance of natural resources is a top priority for Natural Park Kahuzi-Biega (PNKB). This aspect is particularly emphasized in the implementation of the second phase related to general management plan of the Park (2012 – 2014). The following recommendations, made ​​at the moment of the evaluation of the first phase of the Management Plan, illustrate a concern to preserve and protect for, by and with local communities.

It concerns :

–          Develop, together with the provincial authorities and local populations of PNKB, development plans through customary leadership, as part of the Provincial Priority Plan and as consolidation of the decentralization process.

–          Strengthen the involvement of customary authorities – as first conservators – in awareness rising campaigns among people living in the periphery of PNKB.

–          Strengthen visibility actions with populations concerning supports of PNKB related to their development.

The workshop's establishment of the CCGC at Ibanga

The workshop’s establishment of the CCGC at Ibanga

–          Develop income-generating activities in the household approach and in promising sectors.

–          Orient communautaries conservation activities in aim to create linkage with targets of conservation.

–          Conduct baseline studies bringing out indices of the level of basic needs of the communities, and serving to gauge to the contribution of the actions of the park to improve the life conditions of these communities.

–          Retain the guiding principle related to awareness rising camping and communication, which simply consider conservation as a socio-economic and political option that one society adopts a given period.

–          Regarding awareness rising themes, it is important to choose them with community members according to the results of Survey, the attempt impact and in aim to make a feedback.

The head of Group of Bakondjo signed the Act of engagement

The head of Group of Bakondjo signed the Act of engagement

This approach has started in chieftaincy of Kabare, and it is intensified in all decentralized entities at the border of the park. The second beneficiary was Bakano group. Today a focus is made on Bakondjo group in the same sector.   During 14 days, with technical and financial support from Kahuzi-Biega National Park, local populations have defined not only the mandate of their advisory body of environmental management and development, they have also developed and signed an act of commitment to this process. We thank UNESCO, le PACEBCO and la Fauna and Flora International for technical and financial support they bring to this process of PNKB.

A family photo of after the workshop of the establishment of the CCGC in Bakondjo group

A family photo after the workshop of the establishment of the CCGC in Bakondjo group

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DR. JANE GODALL HONORS NATIONAL PARK OF KAHUZI BIEGA BY HIS VISITING

the arrival of Dr. Jane Godall a lwiro

the arrival of Dr. Jane Godall a lwiro

The Ambassador of chimpanzees Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, was positively surprised by conservation efforts in National Park Kahuzi Biega. After two unsuccessful attempts to visit the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Jane Goodall has finally landed in eastern Congo where she had the opportunity to visit the Centre for Rehabilitation of Primates Lwiro (CRPL), a sanctuary of Primates managed by ICCN in collaboration with the Spanish NGO COOPERA.This sanctuary is supposed to be the first in Africa through its current infrastructure which hosts 12 cercopithecus hamlini, one cercopithecuse Allen, 14 cercopithecus ascanius  14 baboons, 13 small chimpanzee and 35 chimpanzee including 20 females and 15 males survivor of poaching that has occurred during war in eastern RDC.

The doctor visit the sanctuary

The doctor visit the sanctuary

She has approved satisfaction seeing rescued animal in good health and in semi captivity of these new infrastructure. She has simply qualified these three institutions as heroes of conservation.After she has visited technical and scientific station of Tshivanga in aim to greet guards. On this occasion, she was awarded the medal of ecological merit on behalf of the General Director of the ICCN Dr. Pasteur Cosma and of the Chief Director of the Park.This is what she wrote in the gold guest book of PNKB: “This is my first time to visit this beautiful park. I regret thus not having enough time to stay longer in the park and to enjoy the fresh air of the beautiful landscape of the park and to visit all its wonders including

A family Photo with some guards at Tshivanga technical scientific station

A family Photo with some guards at Tshivanga technical scientific station

gorillas, chimpanzees and other animals. Now that you honor me with the medal and many other gifts as a memorial and souvenir while I was visiting PNKB,I will come back. Jane Goodall. “She added that she is not the hero, heroes are Eco guards who scarify their lives for the lives of these primates.Those who believe that the Kahuzi-Biega National Park is not worth visiting, should live experience of Jane Goodall: Come, see and judge later. Kahuzi-Biega National Park is and remains of a great interest still; this presence of the ambassador is a great proof.

Population along the National Park Kahuzi-Biega prove their involvement in the governance of natural resources of this site.

  a Duiker in the cage

a Duiker in the cage

It is half past twelve, a delegation of population from village CIRHAJE of group BUGORHE arrives at headquarters of site Tshivanga bringing a duiker. Park managers approach them and ask for the provenance of this animal. The head of delegation replies:“One woman was cultivating her field when suddenly she perceived antelope behind her. Instead of alerting the entire village, she ran to report it to the secretary of the community conservation committee (one collaborative structure park-population) who decided to go immediately on site and to mobilize others in aim to catch the beast. Once caught, the population informeddirectly the park which descended on the fieldto retrieve the animal.One old man is questioned about his mobilization to render animal to the parkand he merelyrespond:« conservation and management of natural resources of this park is a matter of all of us. We cannot address similar case without informing our neighbor – the park. Although, why we have signed the convention of collaboration with it? »The Park is happy about this act, which proves that sensitization has entered into the soul and that local communities are appropriating the governance of natural resources of Park. After analysis of veterinary of PNKB, there is no danger of releasing the animal in the nature. That has been done.

the guards park assisted by veterinary doctor leave out the Duiker in the forest bush

the guards park assisted by veterinary doctor leave out the Duiker in the forest bush

Kahuzi Biega Welcomes Gorillas to the Bamboo Forest

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This time of year is the rainy season in Kahuzi Biega National Park. It coincides with the movements of Eastern lowland gorillas to the bamboo forest areas. Bamboo shoots are the preferred food for lowland gorillas together with myrianthus, a local fruit growing within the park.

November to December is a special time, as visitors can see the whole family of gorillas together eating bamboo shoots. At other times of the year the family is more widely dispersed in search of food. Added to this the bamboo forest is located close to the main of the park. This means that it you can currently reach the gorilla family after walking for only 5-20 minutes.

Take advantage of this special time of year and come and visit the gorillas at Kahuzi Biega National Park.

For more information contact us by clicking here or email info@kahuzi-biega.org.

Tourism is blooming as Kahuzi Biega National Park goes beyond 100 visitors a month

Tourists visiting Lowland Gorillas

We are proud to announce that 106 visitors travelled to Kahuzi Biega to see the eastern lowland gorillas in August. This is a large increase compared to August 2011, which had only 62 visitors. A majority of visitors had less than an hour of walking through the forest before coming across the gorillas.

Visitors come from USA, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. Many Congolese were also among the visitors. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds including students, retirees, researchers and newlyweds.

For more information on visiting Kahuzi Biega National Park click here or email us at: info@kahuzi-biega.org.