Virunga, Congo

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Wildlife work­ers killed: Five park rangers and their driver were killed in an am­bush this week in Congo’s Virunga Na­tional Park, a vast wildlife pre­serve that is home to one of the world’s largest pop­u­la­tions of en­dan­gered moun­tain go­ril­las. More than 170 rangers have been killed in the park over the past 20 years, in­clud­ing five who were killed when a lo­cal mili­tia at­tacked their post last Au­gust. The rangers face many threats, in­clud­ing poach­ers, who slaugh­ter go­ril­las for meat and to sell body parts as tro­phies; the lu­cra­tive char­coal in­dus­try; and rebel groups left over from Congo’s 1998–2003 civil war. The park’s chief war­den, Em­manuel de Merode, said, “It is un­ac­cept­able that Virunga’s rangers con­tinue to pay the high­est price in de­fense of our com­mon her­itage.”

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