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Mad about the Congo

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The rebel forces in the Congo have controlled the gorilla sector of Virunga since 2007. Tags: virunga congo gorillas I suppose I've come to this pretty late and gorilla people already knew that this trouble was brewing. Clearly, I haven't been following this as I should have been. Right now, I am frustrated with the EU and the UN.

Mountain Gorilla Ranger Slain in the Congo

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Protecting mountain gorillas in the Congo is dangerous work. Tags: virunga war congo gorillas endangered species

Wild Chimpanzees Threatened in the Congo

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Two of my favorite issues are chimpanzees threatened in labs and mountain gorillas threatened in the Congo. Let's combine the two and look at chimpanzees threatened in the Congo. Poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) threaten the existence of the largest remaining continuous population of chimpanzees in the world.

Progress in the Congo? Relief for Virunga?

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Security Council agreed Thursday to send 3,100 more peacekeeping troops to Congo, while rebels said they remained committed to a pullback from the front lines despite an army attack. Rebels in Congo pulled hundreds of fighters back from several front-line positions as promised on Wednesday in what the U.N. I hope so. The U.N.

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Supports Congo Communities

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the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund "Coins for Congo" program. Tags: virunga poverty economic development congo gorillas I strongly support conservation organizations that work with and support surrounding human communities. These communities are integral to protection of the environment and its animal inhabitants. Here's an example.

UN Envoy Arrives in Congo for Peace Talks

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Silverback Gorillas in Virunga

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Rangers Return to Virunga

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Sydney Morning Herald Spotlights Mountain Gorillas

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Volcano Threatens Endangered Chimpanzees

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A volcano near Virunga National Park has erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Tags: natural disaster chimpanzees virunga africa congo gorillas

Rescued Chimp Bonds with Human Caregiver

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Baby Gorilla Rescued from Smugglers

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There has unfortunately been an increase in smuggling attempts in the Congo. Here is an article about it.

Another Dead Mountain Gorilla

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Gorilla E-News from the Dian Fossey Fund

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called the fund and spoke to the front desk person who said this was the best way to get updates from them about the situation in the Congo. Tags: virunga congo gorillas I signed up yesterday to get email alerts from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

Mountain Gorillas Left Unprotected in Virunga

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Of course, there is more war in the Congo. Tags: virunga africa gorilla war congo Always, always, war. And the mountain gorillas are once again vulnerable. The rebels have taken over the wildlife rangers' headquarters and the gorillas are unprotected. Unless they flee to the Rwandan side of the forest, they may die.

Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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Four senior Wildlife Officers have been arrested and imprisoned after the state Congolese Wildlife Agency (ICCN) pressed charges for complicity in the destruction of the protected forests of Virunga National Park in the east of DR Congo. Tags: wildlife crime virunga congo gorillas endangered species

Visit the Official Virunga Forest Web Site for Updates

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Animals Dying in Virunga National Forest

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Dozens of animals have been killed by armed groups at Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, park officials and environmental groups said Tuesday. Tags: virunga africa congo gorillas endangered species Lots of animals have died since the beginning of the year. From AFP.

African Activists Work to Save Gorillas

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Virunga Wildlife Rangers On the Offensive Against Militias

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The Congolese National Park Authorities have sent the biggest ever deployment of armed rangers to strike at charcoal-making operations run by armed groups deep in the forests of Virunga National Park in Eastern DR Congo. Tags: virunga rwanda africa congo gorillas endangered species And they don't get paid very much at all.

Extraordinary Growth in Mountain Gorilla Population

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Surprisingly, the mountain gorillas have prospered under the rule of the Congo rebels. Tags: global warming virunga africa congo gorillas endangered species In contrast, the 2007 murders of 10 gorillas occurred under the Congolese government's control.

Young Lowland Gorillas Released into Nature Reserve

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So Far, Mountain Gorilla Deaths Only from Natural Causes

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Six Thousand Leave Virunga, One Ranger Killed

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Things Continue to Look Up for Mountain Gorillas

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Gorilla Rangers Return to Virunga

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Search Begins for Mountain Gorillas

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Elephants Missing in Chad, Presumed Poached

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This situation sounds a lot like the the mountain gorillas, the Congo and Virunga National Park. Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savannah elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, have crashed to just 1,000 animals from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. Several park guards have been shot and killed in recent years.

Largest Ever Trafficking Bust in Africa

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Just five days ago. An operation across five Africa countries over weekend, targeting wildlife crime has led to arrest of almost 60 people and seizure of one ton of illegal elephant ivory, Interpol has reported.

UN Launches Projects to Help Mountain Gorillas

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The 2009 Year of the Gorilla (YoG) partnership is supporting a project enabling local residents in areas endangered by increasing demands for fuel – not least the Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – to buy low-cost, fuel-efficient stoves. Habitat destruction is a very serious threat to the mountain gorilla.

From Today's New York Times

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This holds true whether it is in the Democratic Republic of Congo or right here in New York City, where Cyrus R. Our experience on the ground confirms your reporting that this trade is increasingly tied to organized crime. Vance Jr., ELIZABETH L. Note from KBJ: I take it that rats are not a "charismatic species

Let’s Catch Up!

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There have been SO many things I’ve wanted to write about lately, but I’ve let summer get the best of me and been a bad little blogger.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Ebola Imperils Gorilla Species in Congo Republic ” (news article, Dec. 8): Increasingly, we are observing that our efforts to reach sustainable balances for wildlife populations are being confounded by the spread of infectious disease. William B.