The Gorilla Doctors concern for the general health as well as safety of the severely decreasing in numbers mountain gorillas within Virunga National Park within the Democratic Republic of Congo just as rebels battle with Congolese army within the park’s region occupied by gorillas . Virunga National Park has to approximately 200 of the surviving 783 total mountain gorillas.
in May, a revealed 1,500 military loyal to – Bosco Ntaganda, who is the military head of staff of CNDP rebel-group that have been charged by the International Criminal Court for all war crimes, came into the gorilla region of the park. the Virunga National Park, that employs about 275 rangers in the park, was compelled to take away its staff from the 5 patrol posts found in the gorilla area. Battling between these rebels and Congolese army started 10th May, concluding on 13th May with the Congolese army putting rebel placements in the park.
Dr. Mike Cranfield Co-Director said they are concerned about the population of mountain gorilla from being exposed to war as well as trauma in addition to not regulated contact with troop encampments that could hold infectious diseases which may be deadly to these gorillas. The secondary impact of the clash is the lack of ability of the veterinary group as well as the staff of Virunga National Park to keep track of the health of these gorillas as well as perform medical treatments if required.