In May the Virunga National Park sent out a group of rangers returning to Bukima in an effort to reestablish the observation of habituated families of mountain gorillas which span in this area. The Anticipation was to find the gorillas following a number of weeks with no make contact with them. That previous couple of weeks have actually been unstable, with rebel activities inside the national park as well as extreme fighting flaming between the rebel militias plus the Congolese army around the park’s borders within Bikenge as well as Jomba.
Regrettably, things did not turn out as effectively as prepared. The investigation group landed into a surprise attack roughly one kilometer away from the patrol post at Bukima. Thankfully, all rangers as well as the community people who diverted made it through the surprise attack and as well the rangers have actually reoccupied this patrol post in an effort to preserve a park reputation.
In the middle of all the skepticism over the past weeks, something is certain – these rangers of the Virunga National Park are extremely brave.
IGCP is working together with our partnership members of the African Wildlife Foundation, the World Wide Fund for Nature together with the Fauna and Flora International, to secure disaster funding straightaway for the Virunga National Park to assist the park take care of the present situation as well as pass though it as soon as the fighting ends.
And every one of us here are wishing this fighting ends soon enough so that the park can yet again be considered a safe place for the severely endangered great mountain gorillas and never a destination for armed forces.