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.

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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: Jib Limited

Photo Credit: Adam Kiefer; Logo Credit: Jib Limited

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: Jib Limited

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: Jib Limited

Photo credit: Orlando von Einsiedel

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: Jib Limited

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

Rangers Project

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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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Recent survey shows continued growth among the world’s last remaining population of mountain gorillas


The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) has published the results of its survey on the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) population of the Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem, one of the two remaining habitats where this endangered great ape still survives today. The survey documented 459 individuals, marking the highest ever recorded population in this area. Together with recent figures published from the Virunga Massif survey, which recorded 604 individuals, the global population of mountain gorillas now stands at 1,063.


The Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem straddles the borders of Uganda and the DR Congo and together with the Virunga Massif, is home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. The GVTC survey also included research on other key mammals in the area, including the eastern common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), both of which are listed as endangered. Data collected indicates no decline in the populations of these animals since the last survey conducted in 2011.


The Bwindi-Sarambwe survey was conducted by the Protected Authorities of Uganda (Uganda Wildlife Authority) and DR Congo (l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) under the framework of the GVTC and with support from the Rwanda Development Board as well as several partners and donors.


The Institut pour la Conservation de la Nature and Virunga National Park extend their sincerest thanks to the GVTC community, including the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Rwanda Development Board and its steadfast partners for their critical support and continued trans-boundary collaboration necessary to protect not these animals from extinction.


Please direct further enquiries to press@virunga.org.