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Rwanda's mountain Gorillas

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Rwanda's mountain Gorillas

Post  whitestarling on Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:06 pm

Rwanda's mountain gorillas star in new documentary - watch it here

April 2014: Mountain gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park are the subject of a new 15 minute documentary entitled Hope which you can watch below. The short film revisits the mountain gorillas at the park, nearly 47 years after Dian Fossey began her work in the region, and explores the extreme, intensive and sometimes dangerous methods employed to protect the great apes.

The film, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, takes a historical look back to 1967 when Dian Fossey began her work. Fewer than 300 mountain gorillas remained at the time, their population ravaged by poachers, who for years targeted the gorillas to make money, selling infant gorillas to zoos or the hands and heads of the adults as trophies to wealthy tourists.

Dian Fossey was murdered in 1985, her original research centre destroyed, rebuilt and then destroyed again during the civil war in Rwanda in the 1990s.  However, despite adversity, the work never stopped. Today the Karisoke Research Center has a new home where 120 people continue Dian's work, as the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

The charity employs teams of trackers who follow the gorillas every day. They monitor each gorilla, ensuring its safety and health, risking their lives in a region that is still plagued by violence.  

"The number of mountain gorillas had become so depleted in Rwanda by the late 1960s that extreme measures were needed to protect the remaining population and allow it to increase," said David Attenborough. "The work at the Volcanoes National Park by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International absolutely must continue, if we are to protect this species of great ape, which is still critically endangered. The film Hope will once again bring to light the fragile existence of the mountain gorillas and the work that goes into protecting them. By watching and sharing this very important film you will be helping the people saving the gorillas."

"Hope", a film by Craghoppers featuring Sir David Attenborough



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Post  littlewid on Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:57 pm

What an amazing woman Dian Fossey was and how amazing is her fund today. It's through such passion for the mountain Gorillas and Education into the schools and supporting education in Rwanda that the Gorillas are being respected along with their habitat. Obviously there are still poachers and a Rangers life is surely not an easy one but they all have a love for the Gorilla that they risk their lives, you can't help but be incredibly humbled by them.

I did like the comparison between Bamboo and beer and whiskey, that did make me smile and also to see the interview being conducted by the plaque for Titus  I love you 

Rwanda has gone through so much heartache and troubles but it really is so pleasing to see the progress made by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund international, they all seem to have as much passion as she did.

That was a very informative video WS but also a very hopeful one as well. Thank you for sharing that.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:57 pm

As it's late I was just about to sign out for the night then noticed this post. As the video is over 15 minutes long I'll have to watch it tomorrow night now, looks good though  Very Happy 
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Post  Doogs on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:33 pm

http://i70.servimg.c thanks for posting WS, really enjoyed watching that short documentary.  Totally agree with you LW, Diane was an amazing woman when it came to gorillas and thanks to her the population is slowly but surely increasing in Rwanda, without her work I'm sure they would now be extinct which does bear thinking about  No  Education to the locals is paramount in keeping this species alive and they are doing a great job of that with the help of the Diane Fossey Foundation.
I also liked the comparison between Bamboo and beer and whisky  lol! 

I think we could be spending a while at the gorilla enclosure in a few weeks time LW as we both have real passion for these beautiful animals.

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