Ngwino a 3 year old mountain gorilla is dead. What was part of the cause of her sudden death was actually a rope trap set by one of the poacher in an aim to confine an antelope so as to get wild meat. Unfortunately, Ngwino is the 2nd infant mountain gorilla to die because of the actions done by a human being within the Virunga Massif this very year. With just about 780 surviving mountain gorillas, the death of just a single mountain gorilla is a severe blow to this species in danger of extinction.
Benjamin Mugabukomeye the IGCP field official has been told in the latest weeks that different communities are being affected by losing crops which were sustained because of the heavy rains as well as flooding experienced in April. Might this be the reason for the higher quantity of traps within the park over the latest days? Is it due to the fact that mountain gorillas have moved to their dry period – feeding places which are also visited by poachers? Could it be insecurity within the nearby DRC enabling more and more people gain accessibility into the parks when the regular patrols are absent? There are a number of questions at the present time. However the fact remains, that traps have actually been a consistent menace to the mountain gorillas each day for the past 50 years and most likely even prior to that.
IGCP is placing some extra resources directly into a number of ‘tented’ patrols throughout this dry period feeding places to try and demolish the traps before they really are stumbled upon by mountain gorillas. Just a few days ago, Karisoke Research Center trackers witnessed youthful mountain gorillas cooperating to destroy a trap. With the mountain gorillas themselves carrying out there part we anticipate that most of us people can perform our role too.
Veronica from Karisoke-Research Center stated that they are believing that the area governments as well as the community organizations with which IGCP works together with will likely be surprised and heartbroken by this terrible news just as much as the rest of the public, as these mountain gorillas are really a source of great pride to the communities as well as in the country. However be certain that IGCP will carry on to interact with these local groups in addition to the parks within the Virunga Massif to discover a an enduring solution to the problem of poaching which threatens this significantly – decreasing in numbers species.