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Protect Mountain Gorillas

Help the WWF protect gorilla mountains using rangers

About the project

Discover below why we can no longer wait to take action for the conservation of mountain gorillas. To take part in this WWF project, select a reward from the menu on the right (“Contribute, Receive”).

There are no more than 880 mountain gorillas remaining in the world today. Gorillas are the closest living creatures to men, after chimpanzees and bamboons. They need a vast amount of space to survive and play a major ecological role in the countries where they evolved. However, destruction of their habitat and hunting means that their days are numbered if we don’t act together now!

In order not to see this emblematic species disappear, WWF  is engaged in working towards conservation programmes, to fight against hunting, to improve the efficacy and management of protected areas and for the preservation of the mountain gorilla’s habitat.

WWF therefore supports the conservation programme in Virunga park, situated in th Oritental part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This park has exceptional biodiversity that was created in 1925 and became the first African national park and a world patronage site of UNESCO (point number 7 on the card). More than a quarter of the mountain gorillas on the planet , little more than 200 individual gorillas live in the Park, which plays a major part in the conservation of this species.

WWF provides, among other things, support for rangers of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature, which is the government agency in charge of the management of protected areas in Virunga National Park.

The rangers play the most important role in the conservation of gorillas! They are charged with:

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  • Removing traps left by poachers and expelling them from the park,
  • Banning illegal production of coal which destroys the gorilla’s habitat,
  • Being in contact with 6 gorillas familys in the park in order to follow their state of health, study their behaviour and to make records of them.

"The mountain gorillas are the only great apes who have seen an increase in their population. This is largely due to the intense efforts undertaken for the conservation of the species and community engagement," congratulated David Greer, Head of the great Large Apes WWF Programme.

The taking up of armed conflicts in the Virunga region due to the appearance of the rebel movment M23 has greatly reduced eco-tourism in the area, which was the premier source of income for the Virunga park. These revenues allowed the development of surveillance activities with the rangers, but also allowed them to invest in community projects such as the construction of wells or schools.Without these funds, the rangers can no longer continue to protect mountain gorillas from poachers. It’s for this reason that your support of this project is vital!

What are the funds for?

With this project of €7000, WWF would like to halp rangers in their daily battle to protect mountain gorillas by financing a group of 7 rangers over 4 months. This project will allow the payment of their salary (€80/month) as well as food and material (€6/day being €180/month) for the rangers over 4 months.

These are the fundamental elements that are needed to ensure patrols in the Mikeno area where the gorillas are found.

This project, over four months, will allow the follwong to rangers:

-To protect a section of 200 mountain gorillasT spread in out in six families in the Mikeno zone, fighting againist poachers and removing the traps that they leave.

-To track and locate the six gorilla families and to appropriately provide the care that they need.

- To familiarise the gorillas with the presence of humans, allowing for tourists to make this exceptional meeting.

You must note that in total, there are 30 rangers who are necessary for assuring the protection of all the gorillas in the park, therefore the more funding we have for this project, the more we can support them and reinforce the patrols for the tracking and protection of gorillas in the face of the great threats of which they are victims…

About the project owner

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by  conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.