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Congo’s rangers locate first mountain gorilla families in rebel-held territory

Source:  Copyright 2012, Ecologist
Date:  August 7, 2012
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Last Tuesday, twenty park rangers and 15 local trackers began a search for the missing mountain gorilla families in Congo's Virunga National Park, finding four of the original seven-strong gorilla groups. Over two months of violent fighting between M23 rebels and Congolese armed forces in and around the park's Gorilla Sector had, until last week, prevented rangers from monitoring the critically endangered mountain gorillas in Africa's oldest national park, causing concern for their health and safety.

Eight teams spread out through the forests from their base at Bukima Patrol Post searching for signs of the gorillas, some which have not been seen in over three months. Rangers were able to locate the Humba, Rugendo, and Munyaga families, and part of the Kabirizi family, which appears to have split. All seem healthy, but a more detailed assessment and individual counting will take place over the next few weeks.

Virunga National Park's Chief Warden Emmanuel de ...

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