Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda expands gorilla habitat

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Volcanoes National Park is home to a large population of endangered mountain gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park is home to a large population of endangered mountain gorillas.

Wilderness Safaris has partnered with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to expand the Volcanoes National Park and to increase the habitat for critically endangered mountain gorillas by almost 70 acres.

Volcanoes National Park, managed by the RDB, has received strong support from the government in its work with the gorillas. "AWF has worked in Rwanda on mountain gorilla conservation for over two decades. Rwanda's commitment to wildlife conservation is extraordinary and should be replicated across Africa," said Kaddu Sebunya, AWF president.

Minister of trade and industry Vincent Munyeshyaka has reported on the importance of conservation in Rwanda, stating that in 2016 alone, gorilla tourism generated $16.4 million in revenues, 5% of which was shared with the community.

This year, communities will get 10% of all tourism revenues following a Cabinet decision to double the share of revenues allocated to people living around parks in a bid to improve their living standards. He said: "Conservation is life; let us undertake it for life."

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