Monthly Archives: September 2008

We have just won a MacArthur Grant for the Albertine Rift

The biodiversity in the Albertine Rift is under greater threat now than ever before due to global economic trends, conflicts and other political and social situations. Over the last ten years we witnessed recognition of this important biodiversity in this region and at the same time, trends across Africa include increasing pressure to justify the […]

Looking for Miza and saving gorillas

Several news articles and blogs have noted that the launch of Looking for Miza will help to raise attention  to the crisis facing mountain gorillas in Congo. We are also really pleased that the book will also raise funds. When we started the project to do the book with Craig Hatkoff, we had three important […]

Miza launch and summit a huge success

The First Ever Kids Gorilla Summit event attracted huge publicity and started on time despite the driving rain, and over 200 children participated in the First Gorilla Summit. On stage were Lucy Spelman, Peter Greste, Craig, Isabella and Juliana Hatkoff, Richard Leakey and I. We took questions and showed slides and films to a captivated […]

First kids Gorilla Summit is today

Good morning everyone, I’m just leaving for the First ever Kids Gorilla Summit. You can watch the event live and even participate from the Scholastic/Miza site here. The action packed event starts at 10 am and is going to be So much Fun! Richard Leakey, Dr. Lucy from Gorilla Doctors, Craig, Isabella and Julian Hatkoff […]

The Politics of the Mau Complex

The power struggles that have characterized the intended eviction of illegal – and perceived legal – squatters from the Mau Complex in Kenya are now degenerating into some really nasty verbal offensives between politicians. On Tuesday, 23 September the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, the Standard and other media reported that the Mau complex was threatening the […]

Kids Gorilla Summit: Live in NY and Online

As Paula wrote in her previous post, they (all the authors, photographers and the publisher) will be launching their book, Looking for Miza: the true story of the gorilla family who rescued one of their own, in New York City. The publisher, Scholastic Corporation, the world’s largest publisher of children books, has been promoting Miza […]

Paula meets Bill Clinton in New York

Greetings friends. In my first 24 hours in New York I met Bill Clinton, a very funny city vagrant, four children from Rwanda and a minister, a Rwandan film maker, and three tiger cubs and their keeper plus golden retriever nanny. I’ll upload more pictures later but thought I’d leave you with  this photo of […]

Review of “Looking for Miza”

Though it was announced back in June  the launch of our newest childrens book is actually taking place next weekend in New York. The book is part of a campaign that was born out of a commitment to action made at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative shortly after last summer’s tragic massacre of ten mountain […]

First gorilla Rescue center being built in Congo

I got this great news from PASA the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance today. FIRST RESCUE CENTER FOR GORILLAS TO BE BUILT IN EAST AFRICA International Partnership Will Reintroduce Rescued Gorillas in DR Congo September 15, 2008 — The first center in eastern Africa designed to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned gorillas back into the wild […]

No peace in Eastern Congo

Last month, US and European Union diplomats warned that despite a peace deal that was signed in January, the situation in eastern DR Congo was becoming increasingly tense and that all sides were rearming and that fighting would soon beak out. Their prediction came true, heavy fighting broke out on 28 August.  Tens of thousands […]