The Dian Fossey Map Room at Virunga Lodge was opened on 2 March 2017 in honor of Dr. Dian Fossey, the pioneer primatologist who set up the Karisoke Center high in the Virunga volcanoes in 1967.
A permanent exhibition has been set up in the Map Room charting the ‘Conservationists and Explorers of the Virunga Volcanoes’ from 1850 to 1985 when Fossey died. The exhibition and catalogue have been curated by Giulia Ajmone Marsan, a writer on historical subjects. You can read more here
Volcanoes Safaris continues to support mountain gorilla conservation in Rwanda and Uganda, through its contribution to the tourism industry, its non-profit work through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, and through partnership with many local and international organisations.
The Karisoke Center continues to exist as a premier gorilla research institution by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. The new Ellen DeGeneres Karisoke Center is to open later in 2021. Please click here for details.