Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

2017
07.31.2018
Rangers Project
On #WorldRangerDay, we are so proud of the efforts of our rangers, who show dedication and resilience, despite the dangers they face.

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07.22.2018
Ephrem Balole, Manager of Virunga SARL, receives his PhD
Congratulations to Ephrem Balole, Manager of Virunga SARL, who received his PhD from the University of Kinshasa last week! Ephrem has been r...

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06.06.2018
Rangers Project
We are so proud that Jolie, one of Virunga’s female rangers, shared her story of what motivated her to become a ranger at the European Devel...

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06.05.2018
Fallen Rangers Project
Representatives from the Rumangabo Widows sewing workshop attended the European Development Days conference in Brussels, where they showcase...

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05.31.2018
Virunga coffee launches!
One for the coffee fans out there: every purchase of Higher Grounds' Kawa Kanzururu Coffee goes towards supporting the development work of V...

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05.31.2018
Rangers Project
We are so delighted to share the news that the mountain gorilla population has surpassed 1000! Incredible news for Virunga and incredible news for conservation, and testament to the continued work of Virunga's Rangers in ensuring the protection of the species.

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02.13.2018
Fallen Rangers Fund
Children of the fallen Rangers playing in the child care center at the widows workshop! On-site child care reduces the initial stressors tha...

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12.05.2017
Fallen Rangers Fund
A total of 68 widows and 190 children of fallen Rangers, are now, thanks to the Fallen Rangers Fund, being offered financial support, education, and meaningful employment.

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09.11.2017
Rangers Project
Today, Park Rangers along with the Gorilla Doctors team successfully located the Rugendo group and removed a deadly snare from the arm of yo...

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07.30.2017
Rangers Project
Happy World Ranger Day! We are extremely proud and grateful to all our Rangers. These men and women are deeply committed to Virunga and ensu...

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07.29.2017
Rangers Project
Last week marked the completion of 5 months of incredibly tough training for Virunga's newest Rangers. 6500 applied, 81 made it through.

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01.12.2017
Fallen Rangers Fund
A beautiful selection of napkins made by the widows of fallen Rangers are on sale at Mikeno Lodge.

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Photo Credit: Brent Stirton; Logo Credit: David Shepard

Photo Credit: Adam Kiefer; Logo Credit: David Shepard

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: David Shepard

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: David Shepard

Photo credit: Orlando von Einsiedel

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: David Shepard

Explore Africa’s oldest and most biologically diverse protected area

Unlike anywhere else in the world, Virunga National Park contains some of the greatest national treasures on earth

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Stability through sustainable development in the eastern Congo

The Virunga Alliance is working to create an alternative economy that enables surrounding communities to benefit from the National Park

Virunga Alliance

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Meet the heroes who risk their lives to protect the Park’s wildlife and local communities

Rangers’ work is critical to the stability of the Park and the safety of the lives that surround it

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Meet the orphan gorillas of Virunga’s Senkwekwe Center

The world’s only sanctuary caring for mountain gorillas separated from their families by poaching or conflict

Gorilla Orphan Project

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Virunga's Mountain Gorilla status down-listed on IUCN Red List for first time since 1994


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has today published the results of its review of the mountain gorilla Red List status, down-listing the species from “critically endangered” to “endangered” for the first time since 1994.


Virunga National Park welcomes this announcement by the IUCN, which comes as more good news following a year of successes for the species. In May 2018, the results of the mountain gorilla census conducted across the Virunga Massif indicated the species’ has made steady population growth, a testament to the dedicated conservation work which has been undertaken to protect the species from decline.


Home to approximately one third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park has paid a significant price in its efforts to safeguard the species, with over 175 rangers having been killed in the line of duty whilst protecting the Park from threats including armed conflict, habitat destruction and poaching. Yet despite continuing challenges, Virunga has maintained its conservation programme without pause and has been steadfast in employing the highest international standards of protection and care by the ranger team and with critical veterinary support from the Gorilla Doctors.


The Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) Director General, Cosma Wilungula said: “This news represents a real moment of celebration for all those who have dedicated themselves to the conservation of the mountain gorilla species. We are proud of the work of our rangers in contributing to this success, and of local communities for recognising the importance of protecting the mountain gorilla for future generations.”


Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Warden of Virunga National Park, added: “We’re very pleased to see the mountain gorilla’s transition to an improved conservation status, yet we must remember that eastern Congo remains an extremely challenging environment for conservation. Even the smallest victories are hard-fought in Virunga and this announcement is a testament to the hard work and sacrifice of a dedicated team of individuals who risk life and limb to ensure the Park and its wildlife remain intact. We must continue to focus our efforts now more than ever.”


Please direct further enquiries to press@virunga.org