Joseph Makabuza Kabirizi
Mr. Joseph Makabuza Kabirizi spent nearly 30 years working with the "Institut Zairois pour la conservation de la nature (IZCN)", before dying tragically on 24 October 1993 as a result of a road accident.
He was the IZCN Regional Director for North Kivu, Eastern Zaire.
As a warden first, Mr. Makabuza worked in most of the national parks and reserves of Zaire and had acquired outstanding experience in protected area management and conservation. His numerous qualities had enabled him to be appreciated by his colleagues and superiors as well as by the international conservation community. In his last position, he designed and started implementing a new decentralized scheme for IZCN.
Given his experience in gorilla conservation, he was nominated as the Zairian national representative for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme.