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In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of Dian Fossey in 1985 and the 5oth anniversary of the foundation of the Karisoke Research Centre by Fossey in 1967, the Virunga Lodge in Rwanda has announced the opening of the Dian Fossey Map Room. Construction of the Map Room began in June 2016 and will be opened in March 2017.
In conjunction with Studio FH, the Map Room will be an intimate space to share and reflect on Fossey's legacy. The Map Room will also have a room specifically for private celebrations meetings and dinners.
"Virunga Lodges has established itself as the leading luxury lodge for gorilla tracking in Rwanda. It is fitting that we pay tribute to the work of Dian Fossey and other primatologists who have contributed to their survival." Said Praveen Moman, Founder of Volcanoes Safaris.
Tara Stoinski, the CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Felix Ndaijimana, the current director of the Karisoke Center, the local Sunzu community, the tourism private sector and Government of Rwanda officials will all present at the opening of the Map Room.
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.