Elephant poachers kill rangers, wound Swedish park manager in Congo

ElephantsDAKAR (Reuters) – Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said.

One of the rangers was found dead near the site of the Saturday attack, said African Parks, which manages the UNESCO world heritage site.


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Armed Poachers Slaughtering Hundreds of Elephants in Congo


As Yahoo News reports:

Park rangers stand near the remains of three elephants that were killed by poachers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The eight suspected poachers stood under a tree, apparently unaware they were being tracked by 10 rangers from Congo’s Garamba National Park. But as the rangers approached, gunfire rang out from the tall grass nearby, where other heavily armed men were hidden. The dragnet swiftly turned into a desperate fight for survival.

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Virunga National Park’s Warden and a Gorilla – a real Friendship

Patrick Karabaranga and a Gorilla
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A truly inspirational photo – the warden at the Virunga National Park in Congo, Patrick Karabaranga, sharing a bonding moment with one of the orphaned gorillas he takes care of inside the sanctuary. As he states on his profile:

Patrick Karabaranga carrying a Gorilla

Patrick carrying his companion. Courtesy of BBC.

“Baby gorillas need as much affection and attention as human babies. My colleagues and I take turns caring for them 24/7. In the morning, we prepare their bottles and then later we feed them fruit and other native plants. The whole time that we are doing this, we are also playing with them and showering them with affection … we should really stop persecuting them and destroying their habitat.

Let’s not forget how close gorillas and humans are, both in terms of genetics and their social structure. No surprise Patrick finds them to be “Man’s best friend!” You can learn more about him and his work by clicking here, and please consider donating to the gorilla conservation fund!