07 Jul Ian’s Birthday Gifts
We are so grateful to the Lundin family for holding a fundraiser to support the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in honor of Ian Lundin’s 60th birthday on 12th September 2020. I met Virginia and Ian Lundin in 2017 through Speke Holiday Safaris where they stayed at Clouds Lodge in the Nkuringo sector. It was wonderful to take the Lundins to see the endangered mountain gorillas and share our work at Conservation Through Public Health, where we are keeping gorillas healthy and their habitats secure by improving the health of gorillas, and the health and livelihoods of local communities who they share their fragile habitat with.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many lives including the local communities who are hungry and desperate, owing to the absence of tourism, and sadly the gorillas have also been affected. Tragically, Rafiki, the lead silverback of Nkuringo gorilla group was killed by a poacher who speared him when setting snares for duiker and bushpigs to feed his family. The donations from Ian’s birthday gifts will be used to improve gorilla monitoring through disease surveillance and camera traps, and the well being of local communities through providing them with fast growing crops, reducing their need to enter the gorillas’ forest habitat and putting them at risk from human disease and injuries. We would like to thank Ian and Virginia very much for all this great support.