Completing Virunga’s 54-Kilometer Electric Wildlife Fence Project

Over the last six months, Virunga has had incident after incident of park wildlife getting into dangerous confrontations with local villagers. With human population density increasing rapidly around Virunga’s Mikeno mountain gorilla sector, these confrontations will undoubtedly increase. With only 880 mountain gorillas left on the planet, we cannot afford to lose a single animal, yet this year we have already lost one to conflicts with local villagers. Numerous forest buffalo have been killed as well. These confrontations have also left one woman dead and 16 seriously injured — all from wounds inflicted by crop raiding buffalo. Because wildlife cannot be taught to stay within the park’s boundary any more than people can be expected not to farm fertile lands that abut the boundary, something must be done to keep them apart.

A pilot electric fence project in northern Virunga has shown great promise in preventing such conflicts. Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode has already begun moving forward with full-scale implementation of a wildlife fence in the southern Mikeno sector. Thanks to generous support from Frankfurt Zoological Society, enough posts have been placed in the ground to support 30km of fencing and 18km has been electrified. Virunga National Park is urgently seeking support from the international community to finish the construction of the fence. We need your help!

Graphic reasons why you should support Virunga’s electric wildlife fence project:

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Janja mourns her baby that was killed when they strayed onto a farm

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Forest buffalo and her two calves killed by villagers when they were caught eating crops

Child injured during a confrontation with a buffalo

Child injured during a confrontation with a buffalo

Another villager injured by a buffalo

Another villager injured by a buffalo

The fence itself:
100 meters of the 54km to be fenced -- a big project indeed.

100 meters of the 54km to be fenced — a big project indeed.

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13 Comments

  1. Jorge Luiz November 17, 2014 Reply

    SOU BRASILEIRO E VI O FILME QUE ME DEIXOU EMOCIONADO E CHOCADO.
    ALEM DAS DOAÇÕES , COMO POSSO FAZER PARA AJUDAR A DIVULGAR A LUTA DE VOCÊS

  2. Silja November 17, 2014 Reply

    Hello! I tried to donate but unfortunately wasn´t able to because of my home address which is in finnish. Is there a possibility to fix this so that europeans can also donate? I was able to choose Finland from the category so the address was the only reason why my donation didn´t go through.
    The film made such an impact!
    Would love to help,
    -Sil

  3. Christian Brown November 21, 2014 Reply

    I am able to work for no pay and to help with any efforts that I can for the Virunga Park. do not currently have the card for donation, although I will begin working toward it for this purpose. Both my brother, Gabriel, and I are willing to relocate to help with any manual labor and volunteer work that the Park can use. We are both tremendously moved by the film, as this is a cause that resonates in both of our hearts. Please contact me at my email or by phone: 720-309-0251. Let my brother and I know what we can do to assist.

  4. Tristan Jürgen Woll March 29, 2015 Reply

    I am interested in thethe future of the virunga park. I hope it can be saved.

  5. Thiago Caetano Cecilio April 21, 2015 Reply

    I’m Brazilian citizen and this movie was a big impact in my life, my English is not so good, but I tried write for many people to understand. I saw and I was very moved by the Gorillas. I made my donation and shared the movie with my friends through Facebook, love nature and Gorillas and revolts me ignorance of man. Thanks for the wonderfull job in favor the Virunga National Park.

  6. Autumn Anderson June 19, 2015 Reply

    Hello,
    I made a $9 donation, that was all the money that I had at the time. However I am working on the means of donating a much larger amount next time. I’m trying to get my friends and family involved. This is a very touching situation. I am also willing to work free of charge as well to help towards the efforts in any way I can, I am also willing to relocate. Please contact me if my help would be of any use.
    Autumn 661-421-3777

  7. Francisco August 19, 2015 Reply

    Hi, I am an uruguayan citizen and i would like to work for no pay in the Virunga Park, I am able to relocate to help the preservation of the Park, please any information contact me at my email, thanks.

  8. Antonia December 22, 2015 Reply

    When I began watching the documentary on Virunga, I already knew mountain gorillas were in danger. As I progressed through the film, I had no idea to what extent. This film put the dramatic and devastating story into clear focus, showcasing the best and worst of human nature. I cannot thank Chief Warden, the rangers, the staff and your volunteers enough for putting their lives on the line every day. Without your team, there would be limited hope to building a better future.

  9. Utpal Ghosh April 19, 2016 Reply

    Respected Sir/Madam, I’m Utpal Ghosh a Indian citizen interested to join your project. It’s a great iniciative to protect that kind of wild animal.

  10. Stuart Herd September 28, 2016 Reply

    I hope the greed of Soco will be stopped and they pay dearly for it. The Uk anti bribery forces should pay a visit to Soco and shareholders should revolt and dump their shares !

    To the staff and management of the park you are true heroes , and to Melanie Gouby you are too!

    What a great film.

  11. Rogelio Reyes October 10, 2016 Reply

    I watched your documentary on Netflix and couldn’t have been inspired more by the work you do. Gorillas are the most ancient Beautiful creatures this planet has! I am extremely grateful for the work that is done by your organization. I have and will continue to donate to your organization to somewhat help with whatever I can. Thank you so much for the hard work!

  12. Alain ouellette October 31, 2016 Reply

    Bonjour,
    I wish I could be there right now and help with the protection of the park, or assis the people or your organisation. I am ready to go in a 2 weeks notice. I have no attach and I have 5 years experieces in the military.
    I love people, animals and just causes. I dont like to see was i see in this world and i would like to participate and make a difference.

    ALAIN OUELLETTE 819 820-5545
    fRENCH CANADIEN FROM QUÉBEC

  13. Ozveri February 19, 2017 Reply

    I made a 100usd donation and will continue doing so. Thank you for giving us hope and courage to make our world a better place.

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