Visiting hours are regulated and limited. All visits must be booked within a minimum of 24 hours. We will then be pleased to welcome you and make you visit the sanctuary. An educational speech on gorilla conservation will be offered and a guide will assist you during the visit.
The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project (FVGP) was initiated in 2001 by Operation Loango (now Africa's Eden). The overall objective of Africa's Eden is to develop responsible tourism that can finance conservation and local development in Gabon.
The sanctuary: in the beginning, the FVGP aimed to improve gorilla quality of life, who, victims of poaching, later lived in a research center. Not being able to be reintroduced in the wild, the gorillas were transferred to a semi-natural environment surrounded by an electrified fence in the Fernan-Vaz region. Mabeke, a silverback born in 1979, is an important ambassador for educating visitors on the bush meat crisis. Western lowland gorillas and all the world’s Great Apes are endangered because of habitat loss, commercial hunting, emerging diseases, political instability in some African countries and illegal trade in pets.
The Rehabilitation Center: alongside the sanctuary which is accessible to visitors, FVGP initiated the development of a Rehabilitation Centre (CR) since late 2006. The objective of the CR is to rehabilitate baby gorillas victim of illegal trade and that have been legally confiscated by the Gabonese authorities. We hope that these baby gorillas in rehabilitation phase will eventually be reintroduced into the wild. To prevent the transmission of disease, stress (gorillas are discreet and reserved animals) and the risk of them getting used to humans, visits are not allowed. Never the less, we will be happy to inform you about the progress and the latest news of the rehabilitation program of these baby gorillas who spend their days free in the forest. Formerly under the management of Operation Loango, the FVGP knows today an exclusive management and hopes to soon become a Gabonese Association under the emblem of the Société de Conservation et Développement (SCD). The ultimate goal of PGFV is to help reduce or eliminate the trade in bush meat and pets to which the Great Apes fall victim. Given this objective, the FVGP is dedicated to offer an educational experience on gorilla conservation.