Virunga Elephant To Be Protected

Virunga National Park as first National Park in Africa is facing several threats despite the efforts from rangers and conservationist to protect its resources.

One of its resources is African elephant (Loxodonta africana) inhabiting different ecosystems of the park from the forested areas to the savanna areas.

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Elephants in Virunga have been killed in Virunga for the trophy. Due to the occupancy of the park by armed groups, elephants have moved to areas closed to ranger posts with limited movement. Once they want to move, they are killed and forced to stay in limited area.

In order to protect them form this daily threats, rangers have been trying to plan for daily patrols and observations. Three groups of rangers have been monitoring about 300 elephants in Kabaraza ranger station with limited food ration and basic field equipment.

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Any help for these elephants is an input to Virunga conservation

Thanks to Antonio C., Nancy A. and Robert J.G. for their support to our work


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5 Comments

  1. Annie
    Posted May 26, 2008 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I hope this works..so sad to hear that some of your elephant has been shot recently!

  2. TheTeach, Seattle
    Posted May 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Protection of these guys needs to be a top priority. Are these the last 300 elephants of Virunga, or are some members migrants from Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth park up north? Probably a combination of both. Either way, they need all the protection you can give them right away. And we all need to help make this possible. My question: Is there a way to donate to wildlifedirect in the U.S., other than over the internet? Many people are not comfortable using credit cards online. This may be hurting donations. Help us to help you by giving your supporters the most comfortable means to donate. Thanks.

  3. Posted September 19, 2008 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your hard work…thank you. One day i hope i too, make a difference.

  4. Tiffany
    Posted January 15, 2009 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    That’s Sad!!

  5. Rebecca, Australia
    Posted October 3, 2009 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    This is an old post but I just wanted to address TheTeach’s comment about paying online: Paypal is a safe method and its 100% to pay using the facilities provided on this website. I use these services everyday and never have a security problem.

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