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Jan 15, 2008

Photo: Murdered gorilla

Photograph by Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images

After the July 2007 killings of endangered mountain gorillas, possibly by people involved in the illegal charcoal trade, a mobile antipoaching force stayed close to gorillas in Virunga National Park. But the Democratic Republic of the Congo's parks authority, ICCN, must keep the animals safe when these guards are needed elsewhere. Nairobi-based WildlifeDirect—founded by anthropologist Richard Leakey—helps outfit rangers and supplement their government salaries. The group's website hosts blogs where rangers and others post news and pictures from the field. More groups working together to protect these gorillas include:

International Gorilla Conservation Program
This coalition works with the governments of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda.

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Founded by the gorilla researcher murdered in 1985, this organization helps care for young gorillas like the one whose mother was killed in July.

Zoological Society of London
In addition to helping supplement rangers' salaries, the ZSL works with D.R. Congo's park authority to help manage Virunga National Park as a whole.

Frankfurt Zoological Society
FZS has trained and equipped hundreds of rangers; it also provides aircraft to help the ICCN monitor gorillas and direct antipoaching forces from the air.
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Posted: Tuesday January 15, 2008, 8:41 pm
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Astrid Doe (85)
Tuesday January 15, 2008, 9:19 pm
Thank you for sharing this important issue,Daphne! I made a petition to help the Mountain Gorilla's.Just noticed that my goal is reached,I have almost 1000 signatures!!!
Blessings from Astrid.

DAPHNE D. (286)
Tuesday January 15, 2008, 9:33 pm
you can send me the petition so i'll crosspost -thx !

Christy King (17)
Wednesday January 16, 2008, 1:41 am
I never recieved petiton for gorrila's or may have
overlooked it will some one pl send me link if it is still open thx


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