Not all gorillas can return back into the wild since 7 to 10 years are needed to acquire the many skills essential for living in harsh forest conditions. For this reason, a gorilla sanctuary was established.

Our Sanctuary

The Sanctuary was started in 2001 when a family of gorillas was transferred from the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), where they had lived for a couple of decades, to Evengué-Ezango Island in the Fernan-Vaz lagoon of Gabon. This location is a safe haven for older adult gorillas who cannot return safely back into the wild.

Gorilla Enrichment Program

Thanks to the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) Primate Care Program, we have been providing these gorillas with stimulating daily activities since 2016. This program has helped to promote the well-being of the gorillas, as well as to promote local capacity in gorilla care.

Help gorillas in our sanctuary live full, rich lives by supporting our enrichment programs.