The Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz (PGFV) is located in Gabon, central Africa in the Fernan-Vaz lagoon. It began in 2001 when gorillas orphaned from the bushmeat trade were transferred to the project on Evengue-Ezango Island. In 2011, it was accredited by the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA). Recently, it has received verification status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Now, they have 4 gorillas living at their sanctuary on Evengue-Ezango Island and 9 gorillas in two stable groups foraging freely on a separate island (away from human contact) as they await possible release into the wild. Since January 2019, they have partnered with Four Paws International to help improve their gorilla rehabilitation program. Their mission is to conserve great-apes and their habitat, while improving local human livelihoods in Gabon. They strive to take excellent care of the gorillas that have been orphaned, and work tirelessly on a multidisciplinary approach to conservation. This approach includes community engagement, biodiversity monitoring, strengthening the local economy, and promoting environmental awareness through formal community partnerships.
Gorilla keepers! PGFV is also in the process of implementing an International Zoo Professional Volunteer Program, and would love to have you come to Gabon. For any questions regarding volunteering, contact Sara Fee and Michelle Hays, gorilla keepers who have both recently volunteered with PGFV.