Virunga’s Chief Warden Returns

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Emmanuel de Merode has returned to Virunga National Park. He began in Goma with a visit to the Governor of North Kivu, Julien Paluku, and his cabinet.  He also visited the state prosecutor handling the inquiry into his attack last month.

He then left for the park headquarters at Rumangabo and was greeted by the rangers and their families.  “The work we have begun together is very important to us all” Emmanuel told those in attendance. “No matter what happens, our work must not stop. I want to assure you of my commitment to continue this work, and thank you for the courage and discipline that you have shown in these difficult times.”

Emmanuel then flew to each of the major ranger positions in the park.  The rangers wives gave him a goat and a chicken as a gift.





  1. Bryna May 24, 2014 Reply

    The real Man of Steel. Welcome back rafiki!

  2. Brenda Robinson May 24, 2014 Reply

    God bless you and keep you and protect you. You are doing a wonderful thing trying to protect the Virunga and all life there. Thank you. You are a real hero.

  3. Julie May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back Emmanuel ! Thanks for your determination and all you do everyday for all of us 🙂 Take care !

  4. Josiane May 24, 2014 Reply


  5. Jey Fernandez May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back chief! Thousands of people all around the world following you recovery. From México: J.

  6. Patxi May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome and congratulations!

  7. Alexa May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back! May your guardian Angel keep watching out for you, your amazing team and especially, the gorillas.

  8. Linda May 24, 2014 Reply

    Great work everyone over the past month and fabulous to see you back Emmanuel.
    All at G4G

  9. LuAnne Cadd May 24, 2014 Reply

    That is so generous of the wives! A goat and chicken from people who don’t have much. Can you please tell us more about the investigation into the shooting? Is Emmanuel fully recovered?

  10. Any Roemelt May 24, 2014 Reply

    Inspiring example. Let’s stand by the Virunga Project in any way we can.

  11. Brion May 24, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for being with us again in the Virunga National Park!
    Congratulations for coming so quickly, and resume your duties, and the continuity of your projects defenses of the park with the help of your Rangers!
    Protect Yourself and Yours sincerely!

  12. Khaled Kazziha May 24, 2014 Reply

    Amazing recovery for a remarkable man with unheard of courage and determination in these treacherous times. Saluting you mzee

  13. Susan May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back! So thankful that you are doing well and had a speedy recovery. Thank you for all that you have done, and will continue to do, to save this beautiful park and its inhabitants.

  14. Sheryl May 24, 2014 Reply

    Good to see you recovered, Emmanuel. Be nice to the goat and the chicken – don’t eat them. 🙂


  15. Irene Grilo May 24, 2014 Reply

    WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!! Do know that my prayers and thoughts were with you! Love & Light your way and THANK YOU

  16. Dekief May 24, 2014 Reply

    Respect, Chief Emmanuel !

  17. Karla Nugteren May 24, 2014 Reply

    Go for it! You are a great example for all of us.
    Kind regards Karla&Frank The Netherlands

  18. simons May 24, 2014 Reply


    Respect , god bless you Sir

    All the best

    Pascal SIMONS
    Belgian Defence

  19. Roselien Tobbackx May 24, 2014 Reply

    That’s the spirit!!!
    Keep on representing the Good.
    With great admiration,

  20. fred osthoff May 24, 2014 Reply

    thank you for your great service and glad to have you back!

  21. Robert E Ford May 24, 2014 Reply

    I am so pleased to see the Warden back! Congratulations to all the brave rangers of Virunga!

  22. marta miraballes May 24, 2014 Reply

    Gran Momento de alegria y beneplacito por el regreso del Heroe Emmanuel, desde Uruguay un fraternal y apretado Abrazo x su reconocida labor, Dios te bendiga y siga Iluminando tu generoso camino y sigas siendo de inspiracion y ejemplo para otros seguidores. MGRS!

  23. Denise May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back Chief Warden. I am profoundly grateful for your sacrifices and service. Best wishes from Buffalo, New York.

  24. Frank Lomas May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back Emmanuel, so glad that you are feeling well again. You are an inspiration not only to the rangers but also to people around the world, and your bravery in coming back to work so soon is applauded.
    Long live the Virungas.

  25. Mac Rose May 24, 2014 Reply

    Great to se him again and good effort in APU . Congratulation from germany Emmanuel. Go on fight poatchers

  26. Noelle May 24, 2014 Reply

    Welcome back Emmanuel. You are such an amazing inspiration to so many people around the world. So happy and grateful that you are okay!

  27. Ana Ajarnaute May 24, 2014 Reply

    Inmensa alegría por su vuelta, desde muchos lugares del mundo le seguimos. Tu lucha es nuestra lucha. Gracias

  28. Jean-Charles May 24, 2014 Reply

    Great news!
    Good luck with the work on the field.

  29. Grant Hackelton May 24, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Emmanuel, for so many years of service in the face of such obvious dangers. You’re an inspiration.

  30. Natalia Villarreal May 25, 2014 Reply

    Dear Prince I am so happy you are fine. Thanks for everything you do. Gracias por la valentía, el amor y el compromiso. Mis mejores deseos desde Argentina (best wishes from Argentina)

  31. Sam May 25, 2014 Reply

    Great to hear you are back Emmanuel. We thank God for sparing your life. He knows you still have work to accomplish in Virunga. Keep up the good work. Mwandha

  32. Ghislain Somba May 26, 2014 Reply

    A real pleasure to see you back and talk to rangers who are determined to protect this park with the benediction of their ancestors…..

  33. Dave May 26, 2014 Reply

    Emmanuel, I am so very happy to read that you have made such a quick recovery! Your are a true inspiration!

  34. Madonna May 29, 2014 Reply

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  35. Jane Barroll May 29, 2014 Reply

    You are an inspiration to us all; men like you and your Park Rangers are rare and admirable!
    You already go with God….

  36. Great pleasure to hear you are back Emmanuel. The team of Green Hills Ecotours is glad to have you back in Vurunga! You are such an amazing inspiration to US and other many people around the world.
    We wish you all the best and a lot of success in your journey of saving Virunga for the next generations.

  37. Instinct Safaris June 8, 2014 Reply

    Good to have you back. Keep up the good work, team – you are making a difference!

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  40. kayembe June 22, 2014 Reply

    Les articles de mon blogger: parlent du courage et de la détermination de monsieur Emmanuel et des rangers qui livre un combat jour pour jour pour la sauvegarde du parc .
    Monsieur Emmanuel j’apprécie cette amour que vous éprouver pour ce parc qui aujourd’hui menacé par la découverte du gisement du pétrole dans son territoire.

  41. Mrs. Patricia C. Rohan July 11, 2014 Reply

    I was very saddened and angered to know that someone could have so much evil inside to commit such a terrible immoral and idiotic act when you where shot Chief Warden Emmanuel. I am very thankful that you are back and ask God’ s Blessing and protection on you. May The Lord protect His Glorious creation at the Virunga National Park, it’s God’s Glory that we see there and it’s His mercy and love that shows us all what our God is all about. Chief General, you are a hero and a huge blessing to all of The Virunga, the Rangers (all the Rangers) are the heart the soul and conscience of the Park, they give everything they have to protect the lives of the precious animals in the Virunga. May God Bless each Ranger and their families as they go forward each and every day.
    My utmost respect to you Sir, and to the Rangers who risk their lives every day.
    Stay well, welcome back!
    Mrs. Patricia C. Rohan
    16677’W. Garwood Ct., Surprise, AZ, 85387-8214

  42. kayembe July 22, 2014 Reply

    J’ai vous admire et vous respect beaucoup monsieur de MERODE,
    parce que vous mener un combat des plus honorable qu’il soit, je cite: la lutte pour un environnement saint pour les hommes, les animaux et les plante. BREF tout les êtres vivant.
    Des nos jours les personnes qui lutte corps et âme pour la préservation des parcs se font aussi rare que des okapi, continuer de protéger ce parc de Virunga parce que sans vous et vos rangers , elle serait déjà effacer de la carte.
    Je vous dis courage et bonne chance pour la suite.
    Visiter mon blogger SVP ,MERCI

  43. Karina Miotto September 5, 2014 Reply

    Thank you. Your heart and commitment inspire my heart an vision. Respect from Brazil.

  44. linda basstanie December 11, 2014 Reply

    the work of thief emanuelle is amazing !isaw a reportage on the belgian television .iwas so impressed !it blow me down .i will absolutely travel to virunga tis year

  45. christine December 18, 2014 Reply

    Take care all of you ! I know that place very well for I was borned in RDC and once saw those amazing gorilas.
    Wish you all the best and ..courage á vous tous !
    christine , de Rio de Janeiro

  46. December 23, 2014 Reply

    Proficiat , congratulations with your fabulous work
    a compliment for all concerned carry on !!
    have a nice x mas for all !!

    • Christine December 23, 2014 Reply

      Felicitations Pour Tout cê que vous faites ! Dans un envirronement tellement difficile et dangereux.
      Je vous admire tous
      Bon Noël a tous et bon courage
      Christine Marchal

  47. Solon Lechonitis January 20, 2015 Reply

    Good afternoon!I just read your serious Shooting and thank God you escaped.I follow with great interest the mountain Gorillas,also through Dianne Fossey News.My wish is to come and visit them once.
    I hope soon.Take good care Kind regards Solon Lechonitis

  48. EIBOR PANIAGUA M. February 5, 2015 Reply

    Today saw the documentary about Virunga, was shocking, both wonderful to know about his work as protectors. I’m from Costa Rica, here appreciate and fight for nature, animals, life. You are my inspiration to give more and more. Thank you for fighting for the future … E. Paniagua M.

  49. Claudia Santos March 27, 2015 Reply

    I’ve just watched the documentary Virunga.
    Mr. Emmanuel de Merode, and all your crew, thank you!
    You all make this world a better place!
    Best wishes from California, USA.

  50. daniel forte April 12, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Chief and all Virunga’s rangers and families
    You are a source of inspiration and courage for all the world!
    Keep on! We are with you here in Brazil!
    Daniel, Tania and Andre

  51. Mario Reyes August 21, 2015 Reply

    Chief de Merode, you are a true Hero. Thank you for your dedication, your courage and your commitment to protect and defend such a beautiful place as Virunga National Park and the marvelous creatures that live there!!
    You are truly an amazing human being and a brave warrior. Thanks again, from Wenatchee WA.

  52. Nathan August 30, 2015 Reply

    How many can say they survived an ambush? thank god you did! This cause cannot afford to loose someone like you, you are a light that will show all the underlying darkness and corruption in this Africa. Africa cannot afford your death, so keep your head down!
    Thank you to all of you brave souls who risk your life for a higher calling to protect the earth. Your image of love, courage and heart will live forever…

  53. Lola Ennis October 24, 2015 Reply

    I think the rangers really love the gorillas and do their best to help them. When I am older i am definitely going to help all those animals who are threatened and in danger.

  54. Teri Xirakis February 24, 2016 Reply

    Another greeting and a thank you from California to you, Chief de Merode, and to all of the Virunga Rangers! You have my great respect.

  55. Christine Marchal February 24, 2016 Reply

    Monsieur de Merode : j admire tout ce que vous faites et aimerait tellement retourner ne fut ce qu une fois revoir ces magnifiques gorilles et le parque que je connais si bien
    Bon courage !
    Christine Marchal

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