One of the most impressive things Scott saw was the work between Fossey Fund researchers and people in the area where the gorillas are most heavily concentrated. Scott said one of the challenges facing both sides is gorilla-human contact. Some gorillas are beginning to venture into more lowland areas to sample the crops of farmers.
But the Fossey Fund also places great emphasis on working with people, building several public facilities including a medical clinic and school.
“That's the great thing about the Fossey Fund,” he said. “They not only take care of the gorillas, they take care of the people in the area. That's something we've learned in our conservation efforts. It starts with the people.”
IF YOU GO
OSU-OKC Farmers Market
When: OSU-OKC's Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland Ave.
What's there: Organic fruits and vegetables; baked goods; eggs; organic meats
Upcoming: The Farmers Market will close Dec. 29 but reopen Jan. 5 with its 2012 Food Celebration. Kamala Gamble, a local chef and organic gardener, will give cooking classes with some of the foods found at the Farmers Market. Also, vendors will have recipes at their booths that include foods they sell.