The Virunga Foundation

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Since its founding in 2009, the Virunga Foundation has been dedicated to the preservation of the Virunga National Park. Located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the park is home to a variety of endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. Through its partnership with the ICNN, Virunga Foundation works to protect the park’s wildlife and promote sustainable development.


About The Virunga Foundation

The foundation’s efforts have made a considerable impact on the park’s conservation and the lives of the people living near it. Through its research and advocacy, Virunga Foundation has been instrumental in increasing the park’s protected area, leading to the protection of over 800,000 hectares of biodiversity. In addition, the foundation has been successful in designing and implementing a range of projects to improve the livelihoods of local communities, while also preserving their traditional knowledge and practices.

The Virunga Foundation is a trusted partner of the European Union and is registered in London. It is supported by a network of partners and donors who share its vision of protecting Virunga National Park and its wildlife, while also promoting a sustainable future for the people living in and around the park.

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Why the Gorillas of DRC Need Your Help

For years, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been embroiled in civil war. In 2018, this conflict touched the realm of tourism when rebels abducted two British tourists who were gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park. Although the tourists were eventually released, the incident severely impacted eco-tourism in the region, leading to a near-complete halt. The park is often closed to tourists now due to the high levels of danger. Consequently, the revenue from gorilla trekking, which is crucial for protecting the park’s critically endangered gorillas and other wildlife from illegal poaching and habitat destruction for agriculture, has dwindled. Currently, only a small staff remains to manage the park and care for the gorilla orphanage.

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