Baby Gorillas in the Congo Rescued from War Zone

United Nations helicopters airlifted four orphaned eastern lowland baby gorillas out of an area where the could have been captured and sold on the bushmeat market for food. Violence between human militias in the area reportedly has accelerated the illegal bushmeat trade. The UN indicates nearly 200 wildlife rangers have been killed in the last 15 years trying to protect ecologically rich and vulnerable habitats in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Three of the four orphans are females. They are now near the Tayna Nature Reserve. Six more orphaned gorillas of around the same age will be brought there from Rwanda to join them. “The hope is that the gorillas will bond into a unit strong enough to survive and multiply in the wild,” stated the UN Mission there.

These animals are endangered enough that they may cease to exist in the Greater Congo Basin in 10-20 years. Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest primate, and have been described as ‘shy vegetarians’.

Current TV has some beautiful video of the orphaned gorillas with their caretakers.

If you are interested in supporting gorillas, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has a high rating on Charity Navigator.

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359 comments

Lynn D.
Lynn D.3 years ago

Thanks for saving them, hope they have a happy full wonderful life ! Thanks for sharing with us!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

All The Ape stories seem to be off a great blessing today! A super week for animal lovers everywhere to start of the new week.

Despina Vekris
Despina Vekris3 years ago

thanks

Nancy B.
N B.3 years ago

What a beauty

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago

Glad the gorillas are getting the help they need.

Rosemary Rannes
Rosemary Rannes3 years ago

Kudo's to the UN Mission for saving the lives of these innocent eastern lowland baby gorilla's. It IS heartbreaking to know that the innocent must suffer the aggression of others so prayers are always rising to protect human and animal relations from the ravages and carnage caused by those who have no consciousness. I pray for peace in our world.

Christine C.
Christine C.4 years ago

Thanks

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the story

KELLY ROGERS
Kelly Rogers4 years ago

This just makes my heart sing and jump with much joy for these babies. Also, for their species this is great news for them.

Susan A.
Susan A.4 years ago

wonderful!