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"The mission of the Pole Pole Foundation is to work with local communities to improve their prospects and ensure the long term conservation of the Eastern Lowland Grauer's gorilla."


We involve local communities in projects promoting the long term protection and conservation of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP), in order to reduce human pressures on the park and its resources, and improve the standard of living for the communities which surround it.

Our logo depicts the fauna and flora of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, along with the people who live alongside. This represents the harmonious co-existence of nature and people.
This beautiful logo was designed by Rick Murphy, our member of honour.


To achieve our goals, we work with local communities. There is a Congolese saying, "Empty stomachs have no ears." Which expresses perfectly the need to take a holistic approach to conservation in the area. In order to stop people entering the park for illegal activities, the Pole Pole Foundation:-


Despite hard times caused by wars in the Great Lakes Region since 1990, and particularly in the D R Congo since 1996, the people of POPOF have not just stood by.
We have worked hard for a better future and POPOF has contributed much to local communities around the KBNP through the following initiatives:-

All of these activities aim to improve the quality of life of the people living around the KBNP, and encourage them to participate actively in the conservation of their beautiful region and its natural resources.


There is still much that the Pole Pole Foundation wishes to do. Projects in development, depending on funding, include:-