On the Deadly Trail of Poachers in Congo’s Virunga National Park



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The bodies of Mountain Gorillas killed in the massacre of the Rugendo family in July 2007, Virunga National Park, DR Congo.

The rangers step stealthily along the forest trails, on the lookout for poachers who come in silence to kill the animals of Virunga National Park, in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse – made more perilous by the involvement of armed military groups and militias – but the rangers’ role is key to the survival of threatened species in this, Africa’s oldest national park.


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Anti-poaching patrol, Virunga National Park, DRC.

Virunga provides the habitat for rare mountain gorillas, of which there are only an estimated 790 left on earth, as well as myriad other animals. It is also home to ruthless humans, intent on slaying the creatures in cold blood.

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