Another Wilderness Safaris project in ‘the land of a thousand hills’, the reforestation efforts in Gishwati Forest are urgently needed. This beautiful forest area has lost 98% of its trees since the 1970s, and the consequences for the ecosystem and local people have been severe. Without trees holding the soil together and capturing rainfall, the rich topsoil has been washed away. This combination of erosion, reduced soil fertility and silt in rivers has dramatically affected the ability of local people to grow their own food. Working together with the Forest of Hope Association, Wilderness founded a nursery run by Rwandan agronomist Beatrice Nyiransabimana, the nursery has already propagated 10,000 saplings. These are destined for the land around the nursery and the hope is that through reforestation, primate species such as chimpanzees and the iconic golden monkey can be attracted back to Gishwati.