Congo Rebels Claim They Are Protecting the Gorillas

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The rebels insist the gorillas are safe. “We We are protecting them,” said Babu Amani, a rebel spokesman. France began circulating a draft resolution on Monday that would temporarily authorize an additional 3,085 troops and police officers for the peacekeeping mission in the Congo to protect civilians in the eastern part of the country. Tags: virunga war congo gorillas This New York Times article doesn't have much new to report. I did notice this though.

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Gorilla Rangers Return to Virunga

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The Gorilla Sector of Virunga National Park is inhabited by 200 of the last remaining 700 critically endangered mountain gorillas in the world. It is a huge step that all sides have agreed that the protection of Virunga as a World Heritage Site and its mountain gorillas is of sufficient priority to transcend political differences," said Virunga Park Director Emmanuel de Merode. Tags: virunga africa gorilla congo endangered species

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Uganda Benefits from Mountain Gorilla Survival

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Uganda is seeing a growth in tourism dollars from visits to see its mountain gorillas. The tourism revenue creates an incentive for Uganda to protect the endangered species at the same time that it contributes to human welfare. There are only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the world. Tags: developing countries africa economic development ecotourism uganda gorillas This is very important.

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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.

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Cameroon Sets Up Park for Gorillas

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Let's keep our fingers crossed that it provides effective protection. Cameroon, with one of Africa’s highest rates of deforestation, has set up a new national park to protect gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants and a rare type of antelope called bongo. Tags: conservation africa park gorillas endangered species cameroon

Extraordinary Growth in Mountain Gorilla Population

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Surprisingly, the mountain gorillas have prospered under the rule of the Congo rebels. 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. Tags: global warming virunga africa congo gorillas endangered species

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Supports Congo Communities

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These communities are integral to protection of the environment and its animal inhabitants. the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund "Coins for Congo" program. The mountain gorillas have a special place in my heart (awwwwww!). Tags: virunga poverty economic development congo gorillas I strongly support conservation organizations that work with and support surrounding human communities.

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Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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Thought-provoking article in the Boston Globe.some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun. For example, a government might refuse to protect - or even willfully destroy - its own natural treasure, as when, in the 1990s, Saddam Hussein's regime drained the wetlands that were home to the persecuted Marsh Arabs.

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 imprisonment of the Rangers comes after a lengthy trial in the North Kivu province courts initiated after the July 2007 massacre of 5 mountain gorillas that was met with outrage around the globe. And these particular guys deserve it.

Virunga Wildlife Rangers On the Offensive Against Militias

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The Congolese rangers protect the wildlife in Virunga National Park, the most famous inhabitants of which are the 700 remaining mountain gorillas. Tags: virunga rwanda africa congo gorillas endangered species These rangers are very brave people with possibly the most dangerous jobs in the world. And they don't get paid very much at all. They've just launched an offensive against the militias that are destroying habitat in order to get charcoal.

From Today's Los Angeles Times

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To the editor: The gorilla Harambe’s killing at the Cincinnati Zoo surely calls our society to ask if it is moral or just to keep animals in a prison to be used, at worst, as objects of entertainment or, at best, under the guise of “education.” (“ Harambe the gorilla dies, meat-eaters grieve ,” Opinion, June 5) Is there no accountability on the part of the parents of the child who found himself in the gorilla exhibit?

EU Bans Use of Great Apes in Animal Research

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After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research, the new limits, updating regulations from 1986, were adopted by the European Parliament despite objections from Green MEPs. Under the new legislations, experiments on great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are to be banned and "strict" restrictions set on the use of primates in general. Some may disagree, but I think this is a huge victory.

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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. However, safety conditions have recently improved somewhat and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is optimistic that it can increase on-the-ground elephant conservation work in and around Zakouma to protect the remaining population.

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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. Sadly, there is evidence that the bushmeat trade is spreading rapidly into the Bili and Rubi-Tele protected areas, both of which have been recently invaded by illegal miners. Let's combine the two and look at chimpanzees threatened in the Congo. Because they are in serious trouble there too. Warning: Heartbreaking pictures in this link.)

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European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

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Researchers can continue most experiments on mankind's closest relatives -- chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans -- after European Union lawmakers watered down proposals to restrict testing. Drug industry group EFPIA said the parliament had managed to balance the protection of animals, the reality of biomedical research, and the needs of patients. Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates. It's from a Reuters article from last May.I

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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In 2002 the German Parliament amended Article 26 of the Basic Law to give nonhuman animals the right to be “respected as fellow creatures” and to be protected from “avoidable pain.” The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways. Most agree that the least likely will be through the re-interpretation or amendment of state or federal constitutions, or through international treaties.

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