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Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park, DRC

23 May 2014

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Kahuzi Biega National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The park is a critical habitat for a number of species, including the endangered Eastern lowland gorilla.  This area has suffered serious civil unrest for many years and dedicated rangers risk their lives on a regular basis in order to patrol the Park and protect its precious inhabitants.

Over the last year Born Free support for the Kahuzi Biega National Park, in partnership with Humane Society International (Australia), has helped to develop the park’s gorilla health monitoring programme.

This health monitoring is performed on a continuous basis by the park vet, along with local veterinary colleagues. Designed to not only monitor the health of the families through direct and regular observations, but also gather information on their behaviour, a total of 45 visits were conducted in 2013. These visits included frequent observations of both Chimanuka and Mugaruka, two male Eastern lowland gorillas living in the park who you can adopt through Born Free.

One significant benefit of this increased monitoring is the early location of snares and trapped animals. This has led to the rescue of two juveniles, Uhuru and Iragi, from wire snares who were then able to return to their families and are now healthy and growing well thanks to the efforts of the monitoring teams who found them. Early location and release from snares can often mean the difference between life and death. In fact one of our very own adoptive males, Mugaruka, lost a hand to a snare when he was younger.

Help us to support their work and these amazing gorillas by adopting a the gorillas Chimanuka and Mugaruka

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