Skip to content

Catching up with Eugene Rutagarama, Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

August 15, 2012

A Goldman Prize staff member recently traveled to Rwanda, where she spent a few days observing mountain gorillas with Eugene Rutagarama. Rutagarama won the 2001 Goldman Prize for leading the effort to protect the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the aftermath of violent conflicts in the region.

The GEP staff member stayed at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, a resort that is owned and operated by members of the community. Part of the lodge’s proceeds go toward building schools, hospitals, and creating economic opportunities for local women. Here are some photos from her trip:

IMG_2521 IMG_2413  IMG_2578 IMG_2536

Related Posts

The Legacy of Wangari Maathai


December 1, 2021

Among the most prominent environmental activists of the last century is the late Professor Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement and inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world to push for environmental progress. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of her 1991 Goldman Prize win—and the 10th anniversary of her passing—we’re…

Read more

Thai Van Nguyen: Protecting the Pangolin, the World’s Most Trafficked Animal


June 21, 2021

By Thai Van Nguyen I was born in a rural area in Vietnam, near Cuc Phuong—the first national park in Vietnam, in the Ninh Binh province. During my childhood, I was proud to live close to the park—a marvelous home to thousands of species—but I was horrified to witness wild animals being captured or killed…

Read more

Gloria Majiga-Kamoto: Combating Malawi’s Plastics Problem


June 21, 2021

By Gloria Majiga-Kamoto One of my most favorite movies from my childhood is Pocahontas. The romantic part of it was ok, but I was always so taken by the depiction of the clash of two very different worlds in the movie. It is a story, on the one hand, of a greedy company that sets…

Read more