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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.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.