Over 2,500 members of Key Clubs International, the youth volunteering arm of Kiwanis, USA, converged in Memphis Tennessee city on July 10, 2010, for the launch of the Friend-a-gorilla Community Outreach Program.
The Key Clubbers who attended the 2010 Key Club International Convention also participated in a charity walk which raised over USD 13,769 for Gorilla conservation cause.
Each year, the Key club International members choose one major social cause to champion through youth education and fundraising. This year Friend-a-Gorilla was granted that privilege.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was invited to the event during which the FG coordinator Ms Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi was requested to join Corey Gibson and Simon Curtis, the UWA Hollywood FG Ambassador in introducing FG at one of the workshops.
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Fact 1: The name Gorilla is derived from the Greek word Gorillai meaning hairy women. Fact 2: Mountain Gorillas are not known to survive outside their natural habitat, meaning that there are none to be found in zoos a round the world.
Bank of Uganda recognises Mountain Gorilla Tourism: Uganda’s central Bank has recognized the significant contribution by the mountain gorilla tourism to the economy by placing the image of an” imposing adult male mountain gorilla”, a Silverback, on the country’s biggest currency note of 50,000 shillings.
Gorilla Babies born in Bwindi Two adult female gorillas Kashundwe of Mubare and Binyonko of Habinyanja recently added to the Mountain Gorilla population by giving birth to bouncing babies in a space of one month. Trackers have since confirmed that the new baby in Mubare is male while the sex of the Habinyanja infant is yet to be established. The Mubare infant fathered by ageing Ruhondeeza is believed to have been born in the wee hours of July 19, by Kashundwe the only adult female in the group.
Two Gorillas cross to neighbouring Group On August 2, 2010 two Gorilla groups of Bitukura and Kyaguliro met as they occasionally do. The following day, the trackers could not trace the whereabouts of two siblings of Kyaguriro, both of Lady Tindamenyere, namely Kabandize which means "first born" and Ponoka, Kiswahili for survivor.
MGNP to get Community Enterprise Centre Plans are in advanced stages to establish a community Training and enterprise centre (CTEC) near Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP). According to Mr. Charles Tumwesigye the Conservation Area Manager (CAM) Bwindi -Mgahinga Conservation Area(BMCA),the project will be possible with funding worth USD 200,000 from the Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration Secretariat(GVTC). Tumwesigye says the centre to be set up on a three hectare government land at Rwerere near Ntebeko, the MGNP headquarters, is intended to
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Ride for a Woman project Ride For a Woman (RFW) is a community based initiative supported by Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) aimed at economically empowering the local woman to reap from tourism activities. RFW which was started in 2009 has grown to a membership of 300 women from the communities surrounding the BINP. The women came together with the aim of fighting unemployment,
Bird watching Have you ever Wondered what you can do after you have paid a visit to your Gorilla friends? Birdwatching that is what! The Albertine Rift in which Bwindi Impenetrable and Mugahinga National Parks lie has 47 endemic bird species and 26 of which are found in Uganda. Most of these inhabit montane forest and moorland although 6 are restricted to forest that is a cross between true montane and lowland forest. Sadly no fewer than 10 of the Albertine endemics are globally threatened. Birding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder visiting Uganda.
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