After threatening attack on the wildlife in Virunga National Park, Conservationists have condemned massive measures to track down poachers and increase patrols to avoid such threats onto the mountain gorillas as they are the most important tourism attraction in the National Park. The Virunga Massif, which is shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is the only mountain gorilla habitat in the world, and current statistics indicate that there are 480 of them.
According to the conservationists, park rangers in the Greater Virunga Landscape discovered carcasses of a mountain gorilla killed by a poacher’s snare and an elephant within the first few days of February. This forced the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) to call upon the gorilla conservation community to help strengthen law enforcement mechanisms in the parks and encourage local communities to condemn poaching.
The tragic death of the Mountain Gorilla at the hands of humans is a blow to everyone who works to protect this critically endangered species. With such a small population, the life of every animal counts said Dr. Mike Cranfield, Executive Director of MGVP.
The illegal human activities, including poaching within the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in the DRC and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, continue to threaten the endangered gorillas. According to these threats, park authorities and gorilla conservationists are set to meet in DRC to discuss the recent poaching incident, how to address the specific case related to these incidents and of course the poachers that are still at large, to also plan how to collectively address the general issue of the many snares in this area.