Ranger Sekibibi just before his departure (Ranger Mwissa slipped past the photographer)
Virunga Rangers Sekibibi Bareke and Mwissa Kakiri have just arrived at Ecole de Faune de Garoua in Cameroon to begin a comprehensive program in wildlife management and forestry conservation. The program will prepare them to take on greater leadership roles in protecting Virunga and will give them an opportunity to train alongside other wildlife professionals representing protected areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
Getting to Cameroon was no easy task. The rangers first obstacle was getting from Rumangabo to Goma during the height of the conflict. Next, they had to fly west to Kinshasa to get their visas and then return east to Goma, only to then travel north to Kigali, Rwanda, where they boarded their flights to Cameroon. We just received confirmation today that Sekibibi and Muyisa have arrived safe and sound.
Having the opportunity to attend Ecole de Faune is a big honor for Virunga’s rangers and it would not have been possible without generous support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders -Â Africa Program, African Wildlife Foundation, and Ecole de Faune de Garoua. We are incredibly grateful for the support that each of these organizations provided to make this happen. Please join us in wishing rangers Sekibibi and Mwissa the best of luck!