RWANDA - Biodiversity Gem of the Albertine Rift
The Albertine Rift is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots on the continent. 31 of its nearly 300 mammal species and 35 of its 900 bird species are found nowhere else on earth! It is also the area in Africa holding the highest number of threatened and endemic birds and mammals. Wilderness Safaris believes that we can help make a difference to biodiversity conservation here and for this reason have partnered with the Bisate community in the reforestation of an iconic site outside Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It is clear that the future conservation of mountain gorillas and many other Albertine Rift endemics depends on the integration of local communities into the conservation economy. This is something we hope to achieve through the development and operation of a luxury lodge and all the attendant training, employment and procurement initiatives. Beyond this we are excited to work on a wide range of other community engagement programmes in the areas of infrastructure development and education.