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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. This whole mess reminds me of other similar situations.Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda.

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 Just last week, a 33-year-old ranger was killed by Mai Mai rebels. Mai Mai rebels are described as community-based militia groups frequently involved in banditry.

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. Together with colleagues, Hicks was able to take in five orphaned chimpanzees who will soon be sent to a sanctuary in eastern Congo.

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. Tags: virunga congo gorillas endangered species I hope so. We've got to get the gorilla rangers back into Virunga. According to the AP. 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. It's important to understand that environmental degradation is often tied to poor people simply trying to survive.

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 The 700 remaining mountain gorillas are safe because they are out of the lava's path, but about 40 endangered chimpanzees and other animals living in the area are directly threatened.

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. Tags: wildlife crime smuggling trafficking congo gorillas endangered species A baby lowland gorilla was rescued from smugglers on Sunday, April 24.

Another Dead Mountain Gorilla

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Gorilla E-News from the Dian Fossey Fund

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I 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. I thought things would settle down after the election, but now I'm tied up in knots again! I am so worried about these animals.

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. About 200 of the 700 remaining mountain gorillas are in this forest. They don't breed in captivity. Once they're gone, they're gone.

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. The convictions are a crucial and difficult step in our efforts to rebuild Congo's National Parks," said Virunga National Park Director Emmanuel de Merode. 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. The move, undertaken in collaboration with the UN peace-keeping forces MONUC, follows a report by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo identifying charcoal from Virunga National Park as a major source of revenue for illegal armed groups.

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. The population—made famous by a series of murders in 2007—has grown by nearly 13 percent in the last 16 months, despite having no protection from civil war or poaching for 15 months, park rangers said Monday.

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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Disneynature Chimpanzee

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As part of our company’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and empower audiences to participate in global conservation, Disneynature is proud to join with Jane Goodall Institute in its efforts to secure a future for chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo.”.

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. Ivory poachers using automatic weapons have decimated elephant populations - particularly when herds migrate seasonally outside of the park. Civil unrest in has made conservation exceedingly difficult in Chad.

Largest Ever Trafficking Bust in Africa

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Body said arrests and seizures were part of a five-country law enforcement operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL, and involved more than 300 law enforcement officers from police, customs, national wildlife and national intelligence agencies in Congo (Brazzaville), Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, further saying this represented largest-ever international wildlife law enforcement operation conducted in Africa. Just five days ago.

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. Desperately poor people are devastating Virunga National Park in search of wood.

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. To the Editor: Your reporting on the illegal ivory trade (“ Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits ,” “The Price of Ivory” series, front page, Sept. 4) is a chilling reminder of just how high the stakes have become today for elephants in the wild. Our experience on the ground confirms your reporting that this trade is increasingly tied to organized crime.

Let’s Catch Up!

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As for our human animal counterparts, one of the stories that really got my attention this summer was about the pervasiveness and brutality of rape in Congo.

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. Historically, these diseases have been studied only when they affect human populations or domestic animals. In 2003, I was in the sanctuary described in your article and collected samples from those dead animals.