Tuesday, May 12, 2009

updates: new mountain gorilla babies and humanitarian efforts in the drc

some updates from the virunga national park (all pictures from the gorilla.cd blog)

had to share these spectacular images of three new mountain gorillas born this spring, along with their loving and nurturing mommas... so promising and exciting to see these new births in this unsettled region

you can read more about these new arrivals, as well as the wildlife and humanitarian efforts in the virunga national park region of the drc, over on the gorilla.cd blog... including the new fuel briquette program, an alternative energy project which is providing a sustainable energy source for the internally displaced people in the camps of goma

cooking demonstration

this project is providing the first truly viable alternative to illegal forest charcoal, the leading cause of deforestation in the region... and the biggest threat to the mountain gorillas and other wildlife in the area. in addition to helping the displaced people in the camps of goma, the program is also providing thousands of jobs to locals in the region

the women of rumangabo showed their support for this effort during their international women's day celebration, both during their parade and a theatre piece performed by wives of park rangers... so incredible to see these women, in an area where violence against women is so high, uniting both for the rights of women and the protection and care of mountain gorillas... such inspiring strength


wife and daughter of park ranger dressed for a theatre piece

you can also read of their various community outreach programs, including the new primary school in rumangabo... here is a lovely video of the children singing the congo national anthem in front of their new school



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TheSingingBird said...

wonderful post, it gives me so much hope to see the changes that take place when people care ♥