Save Virunga 2020: If You Hurt Nature You Are Hurting Yourself

“Because we do not love the earth and the things of the earth but merely utilize them…we have lost touch with life…We have lost the sense of tenderness, that sensitivity, that response to things of beauty; and it is only in the renewal of that sensitivity that we can have understanding of what is true… Read More

Good News For Virunga: Mountain Gorilla Numbers Surpass 1.000

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Rwanda, and Republic of Uganda release new census results. Rubavu, Rwanda, 31 May 2018 A recent survey documented 604 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), the largest number of mountain gorillas ever recorded in the transboundary Virunga Massif, one of the two remaining areas where this Critically… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: The Renegade Scientist Who Taught Us to Love Gorillas

A peek into the National Geographic archives reveals how Dian Fossey refused to let anyone “cheapen” the misunderstood primates. By Nina Strochlic Before she was known around the world for living with mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey struggled to bring attention to their dwindling numbers. Certain that gorillas were on the verge of extinction, she adopted… Read More

1921: A Journey in the History of Virunga National Park #1

In the Footsteps of the Museum’s Virunga Gorillas* Carl E. Akeley was an American naturalist and explorer. Her was also known as Carl Ethan Akeley, born in May 19, 1864 in Clarendon, New York. He Died in November 17, 1926 in Virunga National Park, Belgian Congo. He was buried only a couple miles away from where he encountered his first gorilla in 1921 (1). … Read More

Gorillas in Congo are in Danger: Oil exploration in Virunga

Instead of the hoped tourists, now the oil industry is moving in and stating that their positive effects would easily balance minor environmental damages… Unofficial translation of the German article Die Zeit “Der große Ausverkauf des Virunga-Nationalparks” By Jonas Schaible Although the Democratic Republic of Congo through the last two decades has had to mourn… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: Merry Xmas!

The Virunga National Park (French: Parc National des Virunga), formerly named Albert National Park, is a 7,800-square-kilometre (3,000 sq mi) National Park that stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the South, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains… Read More

Virunga: Oldest and Most Biodiverse Park in Africa

Virunga National Park Virunga National Park is a 7800 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the is the second oldest national park in the world and the oldest in Africa, established in 1925. It is the most diverse national park on… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #24 Tourism

Virunga National Park Africa’s Oldest Park . Virunga National Park is a land of superlatives. It is the oldest national park in Africa and a World Heritage Site. Virunga is one of the few parks left in the world that is home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. It harbors more mammal, bird, and reptile… Read More

Rainforest Rescue: SOCO International PLC plans to drill for oil in Virunga National Park – TAKE ACTION

DR Congo: Oil company threatens gorilla forest PROTEST Gorilla family in Virunga National ParkThe dense montane rainforest in the Virunga National Park is one of the last remaining habitats of the endangered mountain gorillas. Virunga is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is the oldest national park in… Read More

1.000 Reasons Save Virunga: #15

Mountain Gorilla The greatest current threats to mountain gorillas are entanglement in hunting snares, disease transfer from humans, and habitat loss for agriculture and livestock. “Gorillas have almost the same DNA as us, and humans can transmit anything from a common cold to ebola. Gorilla populations are incredibly fragile and sensitive to environmental change. There are only… Read More