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: 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

About Virunga

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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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December 1, 2018
Park News

Support Virunga this holiday season

If you’re looking to donate this holiday season, why not join us to support Virunga and help protect the home of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas as well as the livelihoods of millions of people.

Dear friends,


Holiday greetings from all of us here at Virunga National Park.


As most of you know, 2018 has been another challenging year for us at the park, not least this week and we’re sending out news this season, with a heavy heart for our lost colleagues.


However, we want to assure you that we remain steadfast in our efforts, now more than ever, to safeguard Virunga and be a source of hope for its communities and we thank you for standing by us as we work to protect the Park for generations to come.


In gratitude for all of your amazing support and encouragement, we invite you on a 5-week photographic journey with us into Virunga National Park this holiday season. We’ll explore the stunning display of Virunga’s wildlife, landscapes and people, highlighting the beauty of this World Heritage Site and what your critical support helps protect. From lava lakes to primates to sustainable energy, the Park is a driver for biodiversity protection and improved livelihood and our work would not be possible without you. This year we have noted the rise in the gorilla population and also seen their status downgraded from critically endangered to endangered. There is still so much work to be done and the rangers need your help.


Funds raised this holiday season will go towards the Park’s key programmes, such as ranger training, wildlife protection, and working for a safe and sustainable future for Virunga.


We ask you to join us on this tour of Virunga by following our social media accounts at the following handles: Instagram, Facebook and on Twitter.


Please do help us spread the word, and if you would like to pledge your support US taxpayers can make a tax deductible donation via virunga.org


For all other countries, donations can be made via the Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.

Join the Effort to Protect Virunga National Park

You can make a difference by joining our community of dedicated individuals who aim to protect Africa’s oldest national park and bring peace and prosperity for the four million people who depend on it.

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