Gearing Up 4 Gorillas' (G4G) is the only UK charity that focuses 100% on the conservation of the mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo, through providing funds and equipment to the rangers whose job it is to protect them.

Current Projects

Daily Ranger Patrol

Daily Ranger Patrol

Dec 22, 2015 | General | harryb

G4G is investing in the only people who can protect the mountain gorillas throughout the year on a daily basis.

Success!

Gearing up for Gorillas (G4G) is overjoyed to have met its target of supporting its first ranger, like Christian Shamavu, who is based in Rumangabo in Virunga National Park.

 

Christian heads up the Congohound unit and led an anti-poaching operation to rescue a baby eastern lowland gorilla.
Virunga National Park

Read more about Christian, his work and that of his fellow rangers.


Ranger Patrol – Target: £6,000 per year, per ranger

G4G is investing in the only people who can protect the mountain gorillas throughout the year on a daily basis.

Gearing up for Gorillas (G4G) is overjoyed to have met its target of paying for fielding a ranger, like Christian Shamavu, who is based in Rumangabo in Virunga National Park.

Christian (aged 41) has been a ranger since 2003 and is in charge of the Congohounds anti-poaching unit, as well as having been part of several successful sting operations in which baby gorillas were re-possessed from poachers.

Christian with some of the Congohounds
Virunga National Park

Bloodhound dogs are famous for their sense of smell and ability to follow a scent trail. Able to identify a single scent in five million, bloodhounds are uniquely suited to track humans in difficult terrain. Virunga National Park is using the unique skills of the bloodhound to track, apprehend and arrest poachers and Ranger Shamavu is at the forefront of this work. 

G4G Founder and Chair, Linda Nunn, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be able to transfer funds to Virunga to sponsor rangers like Christian for the next year. He is a bit of hero to us at G4G, not only for heading up the Congohounds unit but also playing a key role in rescuing baby gorillas from poachers. We have only been able to do this thanks to the generosity of our supporters here in the local area and far beyond. We would really love to be able to expand our sponsorship to fund a whole patrol in due course but in the meantime we are committed to sponsoring a ranger such as Christian on an ongoing basis.”

It costs around £6,000 per year per ranger, which is made up of their regular pay, a contribution towards the family’s health insurance, patrol rations, uniform, wet weather gear and basic equipment.

Christian Shamavu and the rescued baby gorilla
Virunga National Park

Thank you to all our supporters! 

Ranger PatrolVirunga’s rangers protect the mountain gorillas at the sharp end. The daily patrol is a vital yet often dangerous job. G4G aims to invest in the ranger patrol that locates and monitors the Mapuwa gorilla family each and every day.

£6,000 ($9,125) per year per ranger is made up of his regular pay, a contribution towards the family’s health insurance, patrol rations, uniform, wet weather gear and basic equipment.

 

Mapuwa gorilla family:

Mambo - The JokerG4G first met the Mapuwa family back in 2000 and particularly remembers a young cheeky chap called Mambo, which means ‘the joker’ in Swahili.

He was 4 years old at the time and his playful antics soon led to him being chosen as G4G’s icon gorilla – he certainly lived up to his name!

The family group is named after the silverback Mapuwa, Mambo’s father.

Mambo himself has recently turned into a silverback. These are exciting times as we see how he develops and matures……

The ranger patrol:

Ranger PatrolEarly each morning the patrol sets out to track where the Mapuwa group has moved on to from the day before. This helps to plot the movements of the gorilla family over time, and record where they stop to rest or eat. Once found, the rangers checks on each gorilla in the family to note behaviour, any interactions, whether they’re feeding OK or to pick up on any signs that an individual may be unwell or perhaps needs to be kept an eye on.  

Monitoring on the gorilla family is one of the primary tasks of the patrol but the rangers are constantly checking for snares, signs of unauthorised activity in the forest (militia, poachers) and noting other wildlife within the area (forest elephant, buffalo).

The patrol is usually out for many hours each day and covers a considerable number of miles up, down and through the forest.

Depending on where the gorilla family is found, the patrol may stay out overnight or longer before returning to base.

The patrol is based at Jomba ranger station, in the Mikeno gorilla sector. The gorilla sector is named after the towering Mikeno volcano that stands proudly in the centre and provides the lush forest habitat where the gorilla families live.

Return

Latest News


 

Sign up to our g-bulletin for all the latest news: