With the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, global attention has been drawn to the significant health risks posed by eating wild animals. As the number of infections from the coronavirus exploded in China, the outbreak was linked to a live animal and seafood market in Jianghan District, Wuhan. The specific animal source and… Read More
Happy Holidays: Virunga Mountain Gorilla Population Shows 5.7% Growth!
The latest Virunga Alliance report for the July-August-September 2019 quarter reports the birth of 5 new baby gorillas in Virunga National Park, located at the East of the country. However, a baby is dead. With the 4 survivors, the total number of gorillas now stands at 147 in this nature reserve. “Mountain gorillas are doing… Read More
1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: The Lost Gorillas of the Virunga
National Geographic Explorer investigates the execution-style murder of six mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Their search reveals corruption and how Virunga has become one of the most dangerous places on earth. In July 2008 a haunting photo comes out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It depicts a family of six rare mountain… Read More
DRC Civil Society Conservation Review: Urgent Actions Needed to Save Virunga National Park in 2019
As we begin the new year of 2019, we, the member organizations of the Synergy of Ecologists for Peace and Development, regret to draw a mixed assessment for the conservation of Virunga National Park during the year 2018. Indeed, the good news is that with the combined efforts of local communities – governmental conservation institutions… Read More
2019 Virunga Resolution #2 : A Message to Humanity from Koko The Gorilla. Time hurry! Fix Earth!
“I am gorilla… I am flowers, animals. I am nature. Man Koko love. Earth Koko love. But man stupid… Stupid! Koko sorry. Koko cry. Time hurry! Fix Earth! Help Earth! Hurry! Protect Earth… Nature see you. Thank you.” In memory of Koko (1971 – 2018) More ate : Buzzworthy Disclaimer Koko was invited to represent… Read More
1.000 Reasons to Save Virunga: Home to Unparalleled Biodiversity
Virunga, which was designated a World Heritage Center in 1979, has earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous national parks in Africa. It is home to unparalleled biodiversity, including lions, elephants, and the rare mountain gorillas, which have been threatened by habitat loss from farming and unrest stemming from DRC’s two civil wars—one… Read More
1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: More Gorilla Days
September 24 marks World Gorilla Day, when humanity celebrates one of its closest relatives, sharing 98 percent of our DNA as we do, plus we also have a common ancestor that lived not too long ago in evolutionary terms, around 10 million years ago. All species of gorillas are critically endangered according to the Red… Read More
The Guardian – ‘We know we may be killed’: The Rangers Risking their Lives for Virunga’s Gorillas
The huge national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most dangerous conservation projects in the world. But thanks to the efforts of a committed force of rangers, populations of endangered species are recovering and locals say the park offers hope for the whole region. Jason Burke in Virunga national park,… Read More
1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Gorilla babies, babies, and more babies…
Virunga’s rangers couldn’t be happier with the way 2018 has begun. The first of seven births happened on January 7th, when Sebutimbiri of the Mapuwa family gave birth to a boy. Several days later four more babies were born within five days of each other. With January in the books, rangers understandably thought they had… Read More
Virunga, the wild park with fire in its soul: Come Visit!
On the edge of the DRC is a place where nature puts on such a show, it ignites passions in rangers and visitors beyond compare. Welcome to Virunga National Park, home to more species of wildlife than any other reserve in Africa. by Scott Ramsay ‘You’re still alive!’ laughed Daniel Hanamali, our local guide. We’d… Read More
1.000 Reasons to Save Virunga: A compilation of Aerial shots of Virunga Unesco Site
Simply Amazing: all reasons why this Unesco World Heritage site should be protected forever! Source: Inspired Journeys