- To protect the endangered mountain gorillas
- To support the rangers
- To support the families of rangers who have fallen in the line of duty. Over 175 rangers have been killed in the line of duty.
- To deliver essential disease prevention efforts
On Monday, the park launched the Virunga Fund, which is made up of donations from groups such as Emerson Collective, Global Wildlife Conservation and Earth Alliance. The EU have also contributed.
Unprecedented threats are facing the gorillas
Its closure to tourists due to the coronavirus has resulted in a considerable loss of income.
Covid-19 poses an existential threat to the gorillas – WWF has warned that they are at risk of catching the coronavirus because they share 98% of their DNA with humans
A month after the park was closed, 12 park rangers, a drive and four members of the local community were killed in a terrible attack by 60 militiamen, who ambused a group of civilians being protected by the rangers. At the time, a statement from the park said it was an attack on local civilians, rather than the rangers themselves.
The rangers are racing against the clock to protect the local communities around the park and the gorillas.
You can help:
You can help by spreading the word - following the Virunga Park on social media and making a donation
- $8 funds a pair of new boots for a ranger
- $32 funds a ranger for a day (including family health insurance)
- $50 funds a month of support for the widow and children of a Fallen Ranger
- $150 funds two weeks of food and supplements for an orphan gorilla
- $300 funds an hour of flight time for an anti-poaching patrol
- $500 funds a one day tactical elephant protection operation
- $1,000 funds a comprehensive sweep and remove of deadly snares in the mountain gorilla sector.
And remember, every little helps.