KIGALI – Following the recent insurgency in DRC near the Rwanda/Congo border, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has embarked on an exercise to closely monitor mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
According to Rica Rwigamba, who is in charge of tourism at RDB, the gorillas succumbed to extreme cold weather in the Virunga Massif in the Northern Province.
“There is high mortality rate of babies of mountain gorillas between 1 to 3 years. But, we have increased close monitoring by the wardens who will report any abnormality or sign of illness so that our veterinary doctors treat them immediately,” Rwigamba said.
Rwigamba, however, said that tourism activities have not been affected by the conflict in DRC. Mountain gorilla trekking is still going on there.
“Our aim is to increase the number of mountain gorillas and to conserve them; what happened was unusual, but it was a loss in terms of conservation,” she said.