Find out what make the Virunga National Park so special and why it needs support from the global community. This video (13:59) offers a special insight into the global gem.
Following the deaths of two mountain gorillas in 2009 from a respiratory disease an investigation has discovered that the disease was caused by a human virus. This confirms a long-held suspicion that gorillas are at risk from human diseases. A consequence of this is that gorilla tourism may need to be better managed.
Established in 1925 the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa’s oldest national park. The killing of 8 people, including 3 wildlife rangers, yesterday also reminds us that the National Park is in a war zone. By being on the front line this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been and continues to be damaged by the fighting.