Virunga National Park deeply regrets to announce the death of Ranger Patrick Prince Muhayirwa, aged 26 years old, killed during an attack by Mai-Mai militia this week.

A second Virunga National Park Ranger, Jean Claude Muhindo Mastaki, was seriously injured in the attack. He has been receiving medical attention and is currently in a stable condition.

Virunga National Park has subsequently stabilized the situation and the area has been secured. Tourism and other park services have not been affected.

Park Director, Emmanuel de Merode commented, “Ranger Muhayirwa was a young and highly dedicated ranger and the Park is in deep mourning for his loss. We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to his family. His death is a tragic loss for Virunga National Park, and we are ever grateful for his service to his country.

Our thoughts are also with Ranger Mastaki, his wife and four children, and we wish him a swift and full recovery.”

To date, over 150 rangers have died in service to Virunga National Park. To support those closest to Ranger Patrick Prince Muhayirwa, please donate to the Fallen Rangers Fund at


  1. Luke gorman December 14, 2016 Reply

    Need a new ranger? I would happily stand with such a fine establisent.

  2. Toby Glanville December 14, 2016 Reply

    The war of good versus evil continues. I hope and pray that his death inspires a dozen more future park rangers to defend your majestic park. Never give up!

  3. Eric December 14, 2016 Reply

    I have experience in APU and Dog Handling if you guys need help up there im more than willing to come and join

  4. lou baines December 15, 2016 Reply

    Thoughts for his friends and family, very sad news, he is a hero in my eyes

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  6. Odile harroch December 15, 2016 Reply

    They belong to wildlife ! Enough

    • Tara December 19, 2016 Reply

      Yes! Exactly.mankind is never satisfied until they completely ruined their own means of life. They will get theirs, somehow, someway!

  7. Lorna jensen December 15, 2016 Reply

    Man will not stop until they have murdered every animal on the planet. Extinction humans your going down too.

  8. Tara December 19, 2016 Reply

    This is horrible. I am so saddened to hear this happened yet again. To think they are doing something so selfless and compassionate, and have to worry about such hateful people! When does it end! I am very sorry to their families and send them my prayers.

  9. Nick December 20, 2016 Reply

    My sincerest thanks to Patrick Prince Muhayirwa and his selfless dedication to Virunga, the gorillas and the entire planet. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for people like him and the other rangers who have given everything and continue to risk their lives for such a noble cause.

    I also want to thank Ranger Mastaki and his family for their sacrifice. Please let them know that I, and so many others around the world appreciate their sacrifice. You and your family are in my thoughts and I wish you quick and full recovery.

    These men are truly heroes. May our appreciation be of some small comfort in their loss and serve as some a token of encouragement in their continued battle against human greed.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


  10. Mark January 8, 2017 Reply

    Would volunteer in a min to help defend the park

  11. katie January 28, 2017 Reply

    My thoughts are with the families of these two brave men. keep flighting for the rights of the park, animals and people of the community.

  12. katie January 28, 2017 Reply

    fighting **

  13. Frédéric Vigne March 12, 2017 Reply

    I deeply feel for these two Rangers and their families. Words are very little comfort but I want to show some respect to their courage, their commitment and their sacrifice.

  14. Joseph Smith March 15, 2017 Reply

    War and murder around the globe!….famine and ruin killing thousands! These greedy murders are just another symptom of our nature…”Homo Homini Lupus!”….( “Man is Wolf to Man!”)
    We are “defecating In our wells”…just as ALL of our ancestors have, for generations, nothing new under the sun!
    Will we EVER see an end to these predatory injustices?

  15. Bwindi May 19, 2017 Reply

    Rest in peace Muhayirwa. Indeed man will not rest until he has killed every animal on the planet. This is really sad.

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