#Virunga National Park
One Cheeky Thing:  Gorillas Pose For Selfies

One Cheeky Thing: Gorillas Pose For Selfies

It’s hard not to love this photo of Mathieu Shamavu, a caretaker at Virunga National Park who is like family to the “posing” gorillas pictured here, Ndakazi and Ndeze, a pair of young females whose parents were killed by poachers. Thanks to the special care shown them by the rangers at the Virunga National Park’s […]

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In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

The striped Okapi is a rare hybrid – described as half zebra and half giraffe – found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. Most people have never seen or heard of this mythical creature, but CNN reports that it is iconic for this small nation — like the giant panda is to China or the kangaroo is to Australia. Its image can be found on cigarette packages, stamps, water bottles, and even on the country’s paper currency. But now it is highly endangered — there are only 10,000 remaining in the wild, a 50% reduction in the last 25 years. 

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