Remembering Rangers Mulonga and Mumbere

Rangers Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega and Venant Mumbere Muvesevese died doing everything in their power to protect the park. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice. Were it not for brave men and women like them, Virunga National Park would cease to exist.

Fidèle grew up in Goma and was 25 years old at the time of his death. He had yet to marry and start a family, choosing instead to focus on his new job as a ranger. Fidèle joined the ranger ranks in December 2014 and was highly motivated, according to his superiors. As a result of his skills and motivation, he went straight into Virunga’s most threatened sector upon graduation. As you can see from the pictures below, Fidèle had a great affinity for the wildlife that he protected.

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With an injured Maribou stork rescued near Lake Edward.

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With a baboon he befriended near his ranger post.

Ranger Venant was from the village of Mbingi in the Lubero territory and was 35 years old at the time of his death. He leaves behind his wife, Jeanne, and four children: daughter Venerande (age 8), son Vincent (age 7), daughter Verlene (age 4), and daughter Musavuli (age 1). Venant held the rank of Brigadier and was the leader of his ranger unit.

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Photo of Ranger Venant during ranger training in Ishango

It is sad that we don’t have better images of Venant because, unlike the grainy photo above, he was a vibrant being. He was a known as great storyteller and was loved and respected by his rangers. The night before a dangerous operation, Venant could often be found telling stories to help his fellow rangers relax. Most of those stories left his comrades in fits of laughter. When it came time to carry out operations, though, the lighthearted Venant became intensely focused. Venant was a brave man and never hesitated when it came to facing adversity.

Rangers Fidèle and Venant will be sorely missed.

If you would like to honor the memory of these fallen rangers, please donate make a donation here. All donations will go to support Virunga’s Fallen Rangers Fund, which supports the families of rangers killed in the line of duty, and the rangers on the front lines that are defending the park.

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26 Comments

  1. Sue March 15, 2016 Reply

    Such brave men doing amazing work! You are appreciated and your sacrifice won’t be forgotten.

  2. Michele March 15, 2016 Reply

    My heart aches for your ranger family and these men. Bless them and all of you for the heroic work you do to protect this precious area.

  3. Nicole Jamar March 15, 2016 Reply

    R.I.P. courageous men

  4. Maura Kelley March 15, 2016 Reply

    Strong prayers for these brave rangers who lost their lives when doing the right thing: protecting the animals in Virunga. This is an atrocity. Prayers for continued strength, bravery and safety goes out to ALL of the rangers at Virunga. America appreciates YOU more than we can express in words ~

  5. Rebecca March 15, 2016 Reply

    Tears and prayers for these brave and beautiful men and the family and friends they leave behind. May they be rewarded for their courage, commitment, sacrifice and love for the earth and its creatures. My love goes to their loved ones left behind.

  6. Anna March 15, 2016 Reply

    Tears from New York. Bless you.

  7. Erik March 15, 2016 Reply

    A profound tragedy that protectors of our world heritage are killed. Small consolation to the families that these young men are heralded and thought of so highly. Nonetheless without them and their sacrifice who knows what would be left of our wildlife 100 years from now.

  8. Lois March 15, 2016 Reply

    Rest in peace Venant and Fidele, thank you for your sacrifice. Let’s hope your death won’t be in vain.

  9. Stephen Gerard Kelly March 15, 2016 Reply

    Tragic news. These rangers gave the ultimate sacrifice. Their bravery will not be forgotten. May all people working to protect the park continue to find the courage to continue. From Lebanon to Virunga.

  10. Alexander March 15, 2016 Reply

    Rest in Peace, Fidèle and Venant, prayers from Canada. These men stood up for what matters in the world and Virunga rangers continue to do so, thank you all for your unflinching courage.

  11. Mona March 15, 2016 Reply

    When the tragedy will stop in the world? Those rangers are unknown heroes and the park rangers should be awarided a world price for protecting what is left of nature in front of all more than probable dangers.

    I am honored to donate help those heroes and all the rangers.

  12. Elisabeth March 15, 2016 Reply

    Sad news. My condoleances and thoughts are with all the brave rabgers at Virunga and with his Dorector. R.I.P. Rangers.

  13. Alex L. March 15, 2016 Reply

    How very sad. My condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the fallen rangers. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten!

  14. c.sluijters March 15, 2016 Reply

    So unfair!! My thoughts are going to everybody who loved these three brave men. May they rest in peace.

  15. Carey March 15, 2016 Reply

    My heartfelt condolences to the families of Ranger Venant Mumbere Muvesevese and Ranger Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega, two beautiful men who were killed so brutally. I am shocked and truly saddened that once again death has come to Virunga. Your sacrifice is boundless. Love.

  16. Cindy E March 15, 2016 Reply

    These heroic rangers paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the Virunga and its wildlife for future generations. The world owes these environmental soldiers a debt that cannot be measured. Heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of these great, brave men. Rest in peace Rangers Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega and Venant Mumbere Muvesevese. My heart is heavy.

  17. Larissa March 16, 2016 Reply

    How very sad that such noble men met such an untimely and violent death. The world needs the kindness and efforts of men and women like these two. So sorry for the loss of such beautiful people.

  18. Sandisile Tshuma March 16, 2016 Reply

    Deepest gratitude to Rangers Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega and Venant Mumbere Mûres eves for paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect the voiceless and defenceless creatures of Virunga. Heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. We will never forget what they lived, fought and died for: peace.

  19. Sandisile Tshuma March 16, 2016 Reply

    Deepest gratitude to Rangers Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega and Venant Mumbere Muvesevese for paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect the voiceless and defenceless creatures of Virunga. Heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. We will never forget what they lived, fought and died for: peace.

  20. Udo March 16, 2016 Reply

    Hallo, das sind sehr schlechte und traurige Nachrichten. Mein herzliches Beileid an die Familien. Ich hoffe sehr das bessere Zeiten kommen. Udo aus Bonn/ Germany

  21. URBAIN BUTSITSI March 16, 2016 Reply

    R.I.P:Tears from virunga’s rangers in CAMEROON studies!

  22. enriqueta vento mir March 17, 2016 Reply

    My condolences to the families of Ranger Venant Mumbere Muvesevese and Ranger Fidèle Mulonga Mulegalega. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

  23. Elena March 23, 2016 Reply

    Truly saddening to hear, what great work they did!

  24. Barbara Siomos April 1, 2016 Reply

    Tears are flowing because of this tragedy. How can people be so heartless? To their Families I express love and I only wish I could send more.

  25. NICOLA JAYNE April 6, 2016 Reply

    Two Beautiful Souls…..Heart goes out to their families……..

  26. Khaled T May 31, 2016 Reply

    I hope these men rest in peace and their families are assured that they died passionately doing what they love. In order to make the world a better place and stick up for the persecuted, you will often have to fight criminals who have no morals. Gorillas wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these guys no doubt.

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