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The mission of Virunga Fund International is to support the conservation efforts of Africa's oldest, richest, yet most endangered park in Africa: Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Virunga National Park is also home to one quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, which number less than 1000 in the wild. Unfortunately, Virunga's park rangers are locked into a pitched battle to protect the park and its inhabitants. More than 130 park rangers have been killed protecting the park since 1994.
The park is also under threat by national and international interests bent on extracting the park's natural resources, including oil and charcoal.
Fortunately, Virunga National Park is spear-heading the Virunga Alliance, a large-scale program that is designed to sustainably harness the park's resources for the benefit of the people. Our goal is to make sure the park's conservation can improve the lives of four million people living within a day's walk of its borders.
Please help us support the conservation of one of the world's most important yet most threatened protected areas!
Virunga is arguably one of the world's most important protected areas in terms its remarkable species and landscape diversity. It has more species of birds, reptiles and mammals than any other protected area on the African continent. Virunga has the highest levels of endemism and an exceptional assemblage of charismatic species, including three taxa of great apes, the okapi, and a rich diversity of large savannah mammals. These provide the foundation for a future tourism sector with the potential to play a significant role in the reconstruction of war-ravaged eastern DRC. Not a single mammal species has been lost to Virunga National Park since the wild dog was eradicated by the colonial administration in the 1950s. The growth of the mountain gorilla population, at over 25% in the past 20 years, is considered one of the greatest achievements in African conservation.