Teaching young children all about the need for gorilla conservation is critical

16 Mar

Young children play acting out a gorilla dance for ecotourists on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda . Photo courtesy Cheryl Mares

The International Gorilla Conservation Programme realised at a very early stage that if it was to achieve success with saving the threatened Mountain Gorillas of Africa, it would need to teach the young children that live along the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest all about the long term benefits and importance of these very special apes .

Visual courtesy Cheryl Mares

Children from a young age are encouraged to part take in all sorts of cultural activities related to the Mountain Gorilla . In the most recent population census as reflected in 10 Jan blog post we see that the species has tripled in numbers and that all indications suggest that the conservation work has been a great success .

It is the express vision of the Rare Finch Conservation Group to help teach the very same young children in the area all about the rarity of the threatened Shelley’s crimsonwing finch, and to one day attract finch enthusiasts from all over the world to visit this incredible destination in Africa .

A young mountain gorilla . Visual courtesy Cheryl Mares

If you would like to support the RFCG with its pioneering conservation work then please contact Eelco Meyjes for more information at editor@avitalk .co.za

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