Self introduction to wildhub community

Hello everyone!! My name is emmanuel, an early career at Dian Fossey gorilla-fund, but also an alumnus of the University of Rwanda. I am currently working as a research assistant specifically dealing with the protection and conservation of mountain gorillas that I love the most.
Self introduction to wildhub community
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My conservation journey started in 2020, after my first field visits to different national parks and protected areas in my country. After careful observation of how diverse and inspiring biodiversity is and how it is most important for humankind to strive on earth, I decided to pursue zoology and conservation studies at the University of Rwanda, to understand more biodiversity components. After completing my bachelor's degree I looked for a job that best fit me in the conservation of nature. I'm currently, working on mountain gorilla conservation and protection as a research assistant in behavioral data collection at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. 

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Go to the profile of Chrissy
23 days ago

Hi Emmanuel, Welcome to the WildHub Community! Thanks for joining. We're excited to hear more about your experience and research at Dian Fossey. Cheers!

Go to the profile of Emmanuel IZABAYO
19 days ago

Thank you very much @Chrissy for a warm welcome, I appreciate it!!

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
23 days ago

A warm welcome to WildHub Emmanuel! Wonderful to have you join us. 

Which lessons learned could you share on researching the behaviour of mountain gorillas that you think could benefit other professionals working with primates? It would be useful to learn more from you and your work. 

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Go to the profile of Emmanuel IZABAYO
19 days ago

Thank you for a warm welcome@Thirza There are many lessons to learn about mountain gorillas, for example, the way they stick together during group encounters, how the females protect their infants during silverback fights, how after those kinds of stressful events they groom each other to lessen the stress level, it is just fascinating. Further, we do regular intensive fieldwork to ensure that all gorilla groups are doing great, checking if there are no snares, and looking for other special behaviors. But simply what I can say,  it is stress-killing medicine to observe our closest cousins @Mounntain gorillas enjoying and playing, especially infants in their wild habitats. 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
15 days ago

lovely to read, thanks for sharing your insights Emmanuel!