May 18, 2020

Leonardo DiCaprio joins DR Congo gorilla park campaign after attack

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a popular tourist attraction and is known for its endangered mountain gorilla population. A month after Virunga stopped all tourism activities, 12 park rangers, a driver and four members of the local community were killed in a violent attack by around 60 militiamen. A statement from the park at the time described it as an attack on the local civilian population, adding that the rangers were not the target. National Virunga Park director Emmanuel De Merode said he had "Never been more worried" about the future of the park in light of the outbreaks of Ebola and Covid-19. "Virunga's rangers are racing against the clock to protect both the local communities that surround the park and the endangered mountain gorilla population from these twin threats," he said.

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