No. 14 Great Apes and Rainforests

Reforesting Rwanda’s endemic-rich Albertine Rift

Why do we believe?

  • We have managed to achieve similar conservation outcomes with species as diverse as black rhino, Seychelles white-eye and leatherback turtle.
  • Where wilderness and wildlife can prove a commercial or social value they generally garner support for their existence. Nowhere is this maxim more apparent than around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
  • We expect more than 12 bird species endemic to the Albertine Rift to recolonise the reforested land.
  • There are already some significant positive stories emerging from the local community as a result of our payment for land and our employment of others. These stories will only grow.

For many years, we contemplated how our ecotourism model might contribute to the conservation of rainforest ecosystems and iconic Endangered species like the mountain gorilla.

It meant adapting our model a little, but we have purchased an initial 27 hectares of land and have begun reforestation with indigenous trees that are already attracting a number of threatened and unique Albertine Rift endemic species such as the golden monkey and black-fronted duiker.

Once the lodge opens, we believe others will join our cause and that philanthropists will emerge to fund land acquisition and reforestation for eventual donation to expand the national park and create more habitat for the mountain gorillas and other species that share their home.

No. 14 Great Apes and Rainforests

Reforesting Rwanda’s endemic-rich Albertine Rift

We believe our brand of responsible ecotourism will make a difference to both rural Rwandan people and endangered species.

Why do we believe?

  • We have managed to achieve similar conservation outcomes with species as diverse as black rhino, Seychelles white-eye and leatherback turtle.
  • Where wilderness and wildlife can prove a commercial or social value they generally garner support for their existence. Nowhere is this maxim more apparent than around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
  • We expect more than 12 bird species endemic to the Albertine Rift to recolonise the reforested land.
  • There are already some significant positive stories emerging from the local community as a result of our payment for land and our employment of others. These stories will only grow.

For many years, we contemplated how our ecotourism model might contribute to the conservation of rainforest ecosystems and iconic Endangered species like the mountain gorilla.

It meant adapting our model a little, but we have purchased an initial 27 hectares of land and have begun reforestation with indigenous trees that are already attracting a number of threatened and unique Albertine Rift endemic species such as the golden monkey and black-fronted duiker.

Once the lodge opens, we believe others will join our cause and that philanthropists will emerge to fund land acquisition and reforestation for eventual donation to expand the national park and create more habitat for the mountain gorillas and other species that share their home.