The world in which we live is very dear to our hearts
That is why we launched the gorilla series of our men's bracelets. These bracelets are not only beautiful and exclusive, they also help protect a special part of our world.
To preserve and protect the gorillas and their habitats, we donate a portion of the revenues to the Bergorilla & Regenwalt Direkthilfe e.V.
We will donate 10,- EUR for each silver bracelet of our gorilla series and 50,- EUR for each each gold bracelet in order to support the preservation of their habitats.
You can also donate directly using the following link: Donate
Short description of the activities of the association Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V.:
The preservation of the gorillas and their habitat is our goal. We can only achieve this by working together with the local people. For us, this means above all:
- to help those who are employed by the States to protect the gorillas and their forests,
- to inform and support the people who live in the gorilla area and without whose help the gorillas can not survive.
- Sudden unpredictable events such as wars, rebel attacks, or volcanic eruptions often create emergency situations where our direct help is needed.
In our association the following objectives are described:
- Rescue and preservation of the last gorilla populations by protecting their habitats.
- Organization and execution of donation campaigns to support the objectives of the respective project specifications.
- Development and dissemination of information and education material for the national parks as well as for the connected projects.
- Depending on the possibility, support for other nature conservation projects and actions with a similar objective.
The voluntary activities of all parties involved require only a very small part of our membership fees and donations for administration. We do not follow a rigid concept in our work, but decide individually, quickly and unbureaucratically.
The spectrum of our activities is constantly expanding, here are some examples:
- Support the gamekeepers with uniforms and other clothing, equipment and food. In the production of clothing we try to employ local companies and initiatives
- Equipment of national parks with communication equipment, cameras, bicycles, etc.
- Marking the boundaries of protected areas
- Construction or renovation of patrol posts
- Reforestation of deforested areas that extend the habitat of the gorillas or create buffer zones
- Supporting research projects of international and African researchers, respectively, to protect the gorillas
- Enlightenment work in the population, individually planned by local experts
- Support to the population when it is used to protect the gorillas (eg financing school projects or developing alternative sources of income)
For more information, please visit: www.berggorilla.org
Project: Gorilla stock in Maiko National Park
Grauergorillas are highly endangered. In a study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2015, a total population of 3,800 gray gorillas (with an estimated range of 1280 to 9050 individuals) is used. This means that the exact number is very unclear, but its inventory decreased by almost 80% within 20 years.
Currently, there are inquiries from the ICCN and the park management of the Maiko NP to support a project on the inventory of the gorilla population and their distribution in the park area (mainly by setting up and evaluating camera faults). The Berggorilla Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V. considers this inventory to be very important in order to be able to plan and implement future measures to protect the gray gorillas at Maiko NP.
The Maiko Nationalpark
The Maiko National Park, founded in 1970, is designed to protect the extraordinary diversity of species in a secluded wooded area, which also includes Okapis, Walled Elephants and many other wild animals in addition to the endangered Grauergorillas. International conservation organizations, the ICCN (Congolais Regional Conservation Society), and local stakeholders, work together with local rebel groups to ensure the management, monitoring and protection of the park, promote sustainable development of the municipalities near the park and reintegrate of the rebels into society.
The main problems are the rising population pressure with the associated struggle for the natural resources of the park as well as corruption, instability and the conflicts between Simba rebels, ICCN employees and the Congolese military (FARDC). Added to this are the inaccessibility of the forest area and the insufficient communication technology.
The park is still being cultivated and mined, and locals are still helplessly facing the power of some governmental authorities or armed rebel groups. In addition, they are struggling with inadequate food supplies and are partly dependent on wild meat. The demand for charcoal for cooking also leads to the fact that even in the national park itself forest is felled to the Holzkohlegewinnnung. All these problems prevent the population of Maiko Park from fully believing in preserving biodiversity, which is important for present and future generations
The Berggorilla Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V. has repeatedly supported projects to improve the situation of the population and to equip the park management.
Berggorilla Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V.