Hi, this is Jean-Claude,
The Gorilla Organization recently helped distribute passion fruit seedlings to villages surrounding Mount Tshiaberimu.
In total, 200 stems of seedlings were distributed among five different community associations. The fruit they will produce will provide an excellent source of nutrition for people living in this part of DR Congo. And, by turning the ripe fruit into juice to sell, these communities will also be able to benefit from a new source of valuable income.
What’s more, as with many of the other projects we run on the edges of the Virunga National Park, this will help to ease the pressure placed on the natural resources found inside the gorillas forest home.
In the picture above you can see a healthy, full-grown fruit tree in nearby Burusi. Let’s hope the trees planted on Mount T grow to be equally impressive!