Protecting the Natural Habitat of the Mountain Gorillas
Rwanda is embarking on an ambitious project to expand Volcanoes National Park and ensure a bright future for the mountain gorillas that call it home.
This once in a generation initiative will expand the park by approximately 23%, increasing its size by 37.4 square kilometres (3,740 hectares).
The expansion of Volcanoes National Park will improve the lives of the communities living around the park and make visiting the gorillas an even more life-changing experience.
Park Expansion in Numbers
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park, where the gorillas live, is a fragile ecosystem and currently relatively small at just 160 square kilometres. That is why Rwanda is expanding the park by almost a quarter of its current size.
A larger park will improve the mountain gorilla habitat and support a 15-20% increase in the population size and a 50% reduction in infant gorilla mortality.