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MessageSujet: Gorilles   Jeu 5 Fév - 9:57

Berggorilla & Regenwald DirekthilfeBy admin September 26th, 2008
The project S.O.S Gorilla has been created to raise funds to help the gorilla preservation. Thanks to the support of the Barcelona Zoo and Eaza (European Association of Zoos And Aquaria), we’ ve found an association who will make sure the funds will help the endangered ape, Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe.

Since 1984, the Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe has been dedicated to the conservation of gorillas, especially the mountain gorillas, and their habitats. The Board consists of three honorary members who contribute their skills and experience in different disciplines. As project planning has to incorporate not only biological but also economic, social and political aspects, this multidisciplinary approach is very important. They focus their work on the eastern gorillas by supporting projects contributing to the conservation of these animals. Occasionally, they also support projects for the conservation of certain populations of western gorillas that are particularly at risk.

In addition, they support research activities of (predominantly local) scientists. With competent members the Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe also takes part in population censuses and ecological studies. Finally, they provide necessary equipment to support the important work of the rangers. Whenever possible, they cooperate with other international organisations also concerned with the conservation of the last remaining mountain gorillas, considering a constant exchange of information between all parties working for the threatened gorillas as very important.

Another important goal of this organisation is raising the general public’s awareness of the problems of gorilla conservation and the changing situation in habitat countries. One way of doing this is through our newsletter Gorilla Journal, which was published for the first time in 1992. It is printed twice per year in German and English (presently also in French).

Their work is financed by donations (as the one they’ll get from S.O.S Gorilla) and members’ contributions. They are recognized as a non-profit organisation in Germany.
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MessageSujet: Re: Gorilles   Jeu 5 Fév - 9:58

Mountain Gorillas Birth 10 New Babies While War Wages in the CongoBy admin February 4th, 2009
In an inspiring testament to the resiliency of life even amidst war and conflict, the Congo’s critically endangered population of Mountain Gorillas increased over the last 16 months, including 10 new births.

The new babies were part of an overall population increase of 12.5% in UNESCO-listed Virunga National Park, where habituated Mountain Gorilla numbers jumped from 72 to 81 since the region’s last census in 2007. The report brings hope to the troubled region, which has been wrought with bloodshed and political turmoil for decades.

But despite the encouraging news, serious threats still remain. In the months leading up to the last census, 10 of the Park’s apes were slaughtered by unidentified poachers during a violent insurgency. Some of the dead were discovered shot execution-style in the back of the head. It was the bloodiest year on record for the gorillas since famed primatologist Dian Fossey first began her efforts to save them in the 1960’s.

The region’s uncertain future and ongoing civil war means a perilous outlook for the new infants. Researchers found and removed 536 snares which had been laid by poachers in the Park, and hundreds more are likely to remain hidden. Although the Park is protected by over 1,100 rangers, 150 of them have been killed in the last 10 years fighting to protect gorillas throughout the Congo’s devastated, war torn parks.

There are 211 remaining Mountain Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and only around 720 left worldwide. They are critically endangered, and their survival depends on the unpredictable outcome of political strife which continues to escalate in the region.
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MessageSujet: Re: Gorilles   Jeu 5 Fév - 9:59

Congo park reports 10 gorillas born in 16 monthsBy admin January 27th, 2009
The Congolese Wildlife Authority says the gorilla population has grown in an eastern Congo park that is home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

A census released Monday shows 10 baby gorillas have been born since August 2007 in Virunga National Park.

Park director Emmanuel de Merode calls the status of gorillas in Virunga “a triumph for conservation.”

Only about 700 mountain gorillas are left in the world, an estimated 190 of them in Congo around the Mikeno volcano.

In the months before insurgents first seized the area in 2007, 10 mountain gorillas were killed by unidentified attackers.

A deal between the insurgents and President Joseph Kabila’s administration late last year paved the way for staff who fled fighting and the rebel occupation to return.
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MessageSujet: Re: Gorilles   Jeu 5 Fév - 9:59

DR Congo gorilla numbers growingBy admin January 27th, 2009
The population of threatened mountain gorillas in eastern DR Congo is now growing, local wildlife officials say.

According to a census carried out by rangers in the Virunga National Park, 10 baby gorillas have been born in the last 18 months.

The park population now stands at 81, and there are only 700 of mountain gorillas left in the world.

In 2007, 10 gorillas were killed when fighting between rebels and government soldiers spilled into the park.

The violence has made protecting gorillas a dangerous job.

The park’s director, Emmanuel de Merode, says 120 rangers have been killed since the conflict began, the last only two weeks ago.

Part of the reason why the rangers are so exposed to the dangers is because they continue their work whatever the situation.

Over much of that time, they have not received their salaries and they have received very little support, so it makes it a very difficult job.

Amazingly, the census reported no gorilla deaths. But the number of snares laid by poachers has increased significantly.

And groups who enter the park to cut down trees for the production of charcoal are another major threat. So despite the good news, the rangers’ work remains critical.
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MessageSujet: Re: Gorilles   Jeu 5 Fév - 10:00

Un sitio sobre gorillas :

http://www.sosgorilla.com/
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MessageSujet: Re: Gorilles   Mar 6 Avr - 13:33

December 20, 2009

Gorilla murder and the bushmeat trade: (Congo, Rwanda, Uganda)– every day in equatorial Africa gorillas, chimps and other endangered, intelligent animals are slaughtered for the bushmeat trade. Thousands each year. This is a small part of a billion dollar bushmeat business in the Congo Basin which grows with the spreading of roads, timber and mining towns, and militia and refugee camps into once pristine rain forests

Gorillas killed in the forests are skinned and butchered for the bushmeat trade. Gorilla hands are severed and served as a delicacy or set out as a trophy. A gorilla head is soup for some; souvenir for others.

In once instance a baby gorilla was found clinging to her murdered mother. A top park ranger charged with protecting the gorillas has been arrested for the crime.

Who’s fighting it: National Geographic Society, AWI, PlanetArk, Gorilladoctors, Saveagorilla.org, Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, PETA, Brent Stirton and Karl Ammann (photojournalists), Conservation International, UNESCO, Bushmeat Project, Wildlife Protectors Fund, Great Ape Protection (N.Z.), WSPA,

Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas?On July 22 of last year unknown assailants crouched in the forest, preparing to execute a family of gorillas. Hidden on a side slope of the Mikeno volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, armed with automatic weapons, the killers had hunted down the twelve-member Rugendo family, well-known among tourists and well loved by the rangers of Virunga National Park. The patriarch of the gorilla family, a 500-pound silverback named Senkwekwe, would have sensed that the assailants were near, perhaps wrinkling his wide, black nose at their unfortunate smell, but he would not have been alarmed. Senkwekwe had seen thousands of people and had come to accept their proximity as irritating but unavoidable. So habituated to humans was the Rugendo family that the gorillas would occasionally wander out of the forest into cornfields for an impromptu picnic, angering local farmers.

Park rangers at the nearby Bukima barracks said they heard shots at eight that night. On foot patrol the next morning they found three female gorillas—Mburanumwe, Neza, and Safari—shot to death, with Safari’s infant cowering nearby. The following day Senkwekwe was found dead: blasted through the chest that same night. Three weeks later the body of another Rugendo female, Macibiri, would be discovered, her infant presumed dead.

Just a month earlier, two females and an infant from another gorilla group had been attacked. The rangers had found one of the females, shot execution style in the back of the head; her infant, still alive, was clinging to her dead mother’s breast. The other female was never found.

All told, seven Virunga mountain gorillas had been killed in less than two months. Brent Stirton’s photographs of the dead creatures being carried like royalty by weeping villagers ran in newspapers and magazines around the world. The murders of these intelligent, unassuming animals the park rangers refer to as “our brothers” ignited international outrage.

National Geographic tellingly uses the word “murder” instead of “kill” in reference to the gorillas– probably the first time this revered scientific institution has done so, and hopefully is a trend that will continue.
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