(Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz)

A sanctuary that provides a future for gorilla victims of the bushmeat trade.

Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz (PGFV) was informally established in 2001 to relocate 4 western lowland gorillas to the Fernan-Vaz lagoon after living for decades in a medical research facility in Franceville, Gabon. The Loango coastal forest region of southwestern Gabon is recognised as one of the most important and spectacular tropical ecosystems remaining in the world. From 2006, we began to rescue orphaned gorillas from the bushmeat trade for rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild. Visit Website.

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Fernan-Vaz seeks professional zoo volunteers who can contribute toward capacity-building of local staff or one of their community development programs. The project offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay in a remote, natural and pristine forested region of Gabon.


Fernan-Vaz collaborates with a local ecotourism partner to facilitate the transportation of visitors from the nearby town of Omboué to Evengue-Ezango Island, where the Gorilla Sanctuary is located. Reservations can be made by contacting the center at least 24 hours in advance.

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Support Fernan-Vaz

When you donate to Fernan-Vaz through PASA your gift goes directly to rehabilitating gorillas in Gabon.