Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Supports Congo Communities

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I strongly support conservation organizations that work with and support surrounding human communities. the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund "Coins for Congo" program. Tags: virunga poverty economic development congo gorillas 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.

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Rescued Chimp Bonds with Human Caregiver

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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.

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African Activists Work to Save Gorillas

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To me, eating apes of any kind is akin to human cannibalism. Tags: africa bush meat congo gorillas endangered species cameroon Bushmeat is horrific, especially the trade in apes. At least there are activists in African countries themselves that are working to stop this practice. The Last Great Ape Organization in Cameroon is only one of them, but it's the only law enforcement nongovernmental organization in Africa.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Ebola Imperils Gorilla Species in Congo Republic ” (news article, Dec. Historically, these diseases have been studied only when they affect human populations or domestic animals. Whether it is the Ebola virus in gorillas, the H5N1 avian influenza virus in birds or SARS, we are understanding that the implications of infectious disease for wildlife and humans are becoming one and the same.

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