Innocent's Saving Gorillas News

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Hi. This is Innocent from Conservation Heritage – Turambe (CHT) with news about our recent class at Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club on our role in protecting the mountain gorillas.

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Before we started our class, children do the “Hokey Pokey” as a warm up exercise!

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Now Teaching Geography Lessons! - Valerie's Rwanda Report

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This is Valerie and here is my Conservation Heritage - Turambe report from Rwanda!

We realize it is very important to include geography lessons in our program. The students we work with are right next to Volcanoes National Park, home to the Critically Endangered mountain gorillas. We begin by talking about geography to prepare them for  upcoming lessons which focus on the mountain gorilla’s habitats.

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With Colleen & Filippo - Spider Monkey Experts

One of my favorite moments of each day is spotting spider monkeys in the canopy. I consider it a gift - a gift to be amongst wild animals and seemingly not disturbing them either. I literally walk down the dirt roads in the jungle setting where I am living with my dogs and when we spot the monkeys we sit down and simply watch the show unfold. Spider monkeys are fascinating to observe.

I also consider it a gift to be invited to the house of spider monkey researchers, Colleen and Filippo, and listen to their stories unfold about amazing moments and discoveries in the jungle with their subjects.

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Habibu is Champ at CITA Junior Open

We are so proud of Habibu! He is the winner of the CITA Junior Open! As many of you know, Habibu originally had a summer in Iowa because of his tennis enthusiasm I saw in him at the Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club in Musanze, Rwanda. He was asked back because of his incredible special character only to excel further in his tennis skills. Many people, families, and the Des Moines community as a whole are behind this young man and most importantly the Bening family. What love, care, laughter, and understanding can do for an individual is truly remarkable.

Way to go HABIBU!!!

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Olivier's Sports for Gorillas News from Rwanda

Art of Conservation spent many years of rehabilitating, managing, and providing security for children to engage in healthy activities and learning at the Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Today, Olivier Habimana - president of the club - updates us with news we can all cheer about.

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Recently, the Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club was honored to receive an important supporter named Amelia Banner and her friends: Tonya Huston, Dennis Evans, Scott Zesch, and Kay Evans. They brought a lot of donations including tennis shoes, rackets and string, high altitude balls, women’s tops and more. It was really exciting to receive her at our club!

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An Evening Not To Be Forgotten, continued again

My last set of photos from a great evening. Thanks everybody for your support!

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An Evening Not To Be Forgotten, continued

Once people arrived at Holistika and began enjoying the watermelon margaritas, fruit-infused water, lionfish ceviche, and more it was time to begin our brief presentations. I began with a history of Art of Conservation. Lucy followed with her One-health conservation highlighting her work with pandas in China, mountain gorillas in Africa, and giant river otters in Guyana and why we should all be alarmed at the rate of species extinction. Ilze presented a very real picture of the condition of our water world with her One-health conservation aquatic examples.

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An Evening Not To Be Forgotten

A recent night in Tulum was an evening not soon to be forgotten. Friends, colleagues, partners, and new acquaintances arrived at Holistika in the late afternoon, sauntered through jungle paths, and were greeted with tasty drink and food - the only fish served being the invasive scrooge of the Caribbean Basin... Lionfish, Pterois volitans, in the form of ceviche prepared by the talented team at Ginger Tulum.

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Farewell Announcement

So much has happened in the last years, and many of the things occurring at Art of Conservation are the result of seeds planted by Allison Hanes. Seventeen months ago Allison joined Art of Conservation (AoC) as our Executive Director. Allison recently informed the AoC board of directors and me that after a great deal of thoughtful consideration, she will pursue new opportunities and offered her resignation, which the board accepted. The board and I wish Allison well and thank you for her dedication and service to AoC.

 

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A Positive Start To Tulum

It entailed a full year of concentrated effort from the Art of Conservation Board, our executive director Allison Hanes, and myself to arrive at the decision of setting up our new base of operations in the Caribbean Basin and more specifically in the town of Tulum which is in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. But we did it and we are off to a very positive start. Before I go any further I'd like to take a quick look back at the people we met along the way who inspired and welcomed us. Enjoy the pictures and thanks everyone for your encouragement.

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