"It is time, it is long overdue, for the heads-of-state and ministers who endorsed those statements, declarations and resolutions to give clear instructions to their Police agencies to make wildlife crime a priority. If for no other reason (and can there be a better one?) than their counterparts are being gunned down on-duty whilst trying to prevent CRIME." ... See MoreSee Less
New census critical for mountain gorillas in Virunga
A new census of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif will help gauge the impact of conservation work in the area and play a vital role in guiding future efforts to safeguard the critically endangered great ape and its fragile and restricted habitat.
Led by the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and supported by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) & WWF through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) and other partners, the count is the first since 2010 when it was estimated that there were 480 mountain gorillas in the 451 km2 Virunga Massif.
This site, which spans DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, is one of just two places where this gorilla subspecies is still found.
"Mountain gorilla numbers have been rising steadily in the Virunga Massif for the past two decades thanks to the dedicated work of rangers, conservationists and neighboring community members, and collaborative efforts by the three range States," says Anna Behm Masozera, IGCP director. "We are hopeful that the census will confirm that this trend is continuing, despite ongoing threats to the gorillas and their habitat."