Gorilla Gone

Adelia Davis, Staff Reporter

Fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening mountain gorillas, an endangered species. The Virunga National Park said told CNN that the national army and rebels in these countries are killing many mountain gorillas. Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park. It also home to roughly 25% of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Only two of the park’s five gorilla patrol posts are still open after the fighting heightened and rebels reportedly moved into the area. Tourist attractions will remain closed until the security issues are resolved.

There are fewer than 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild in the Republic of Congo. The conflict has been going on for a decade between government forces and armed militias leaving millions of mountain gorillas dead due to hunger and disease.

Here is the link to a video with more on the international campaign to stop the mountain gorilla slaughter:  https://secure2.convio.net/cintl/site/SPageServer?pagename=gorillavideo