Two baby mountain gorillas born in Virunga National Park

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Two baby mountain gorillas born in Virunga National Park
Two baby mountain gorillas born in Virunga National Park, the formerly named Albert National Park in Congo dances to the two baby bouncing Gorillas that have been added to the Virunga Mountain Gorilla family following the previous births of the 7 baby mountain gorillas. On Wednesday it was confirmed that a Mountain Gorilla mother had given birth to two babies, Summing it to nine Infant Gorillas born in this year.

“The mountain gorillas were a most welcome source of good news in 2018 and it’s only getting better!” the park said in a statement, adding that it was “thrilled” with the new arrivals.

The park currently counts 604 individuals, compared with 395 in 2000, according to Congolese news website ActuCongo. They comprise about 60 percent of Africa’s estimated total of around 1,000 Gorillas. Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest nature reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is is a 7,800 km2 sized National Park spanning from the Voluminous Virunga Mountains in the south, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

Five park rangers and a driver were killed early this year, and in May the park suspended all tourism after three people, including two British visitors, were abducted and a ranger was killed.
Virunga National Park was Created in 1925 when the DR Congo was a Belgian colony, the park is Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area. The mountain gorilla was immortalized in the film about primatologist Dian Fossey, “Gorillas in the Mist.” The park, boasting lush forest, glaciated peaks and Savannah, spreads over 7,800 square kilometers and borders Rwanda and Uganda.

In 2010 Kinshasa, granted permits to Western oil groups to explore concessions along large portions of the reserve, and last month the government green-lighted the plan.Global Witness, which campaigns against corruption and environmental abuse, called for a halt to the project, saying it would have “catastrophic consequences” for the environment.

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