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Because gorillas are becoming extinct and because many fall victim to poaching, the Fernan-vaz Gorilla Project initiated a sanctuary in 2001. The aim was to provide long-term care for gorillas previously victims of the bushmeat trade and not able to return to the wild. In 2006, the FVGP initiated a rehabilitation centre with the goal of favoring and maintaining the wild behavior of gorilla orphans still young enough to be considered for reintroduction back into the wild.Today, the FVGP aims to initiate gorilla conservation efforts that address the human dimension of conservation by working with local communities and partners to promote awareness and development of the local economy.