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January 16, 2015

When you manage to save a gorilla’s life, you truly feel you are doing important work for your country. The mountain gorillas contribute to peace here.
– Andre Bauma

Andre Bauma looks after orphaned mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This video, beautifully filmed by Orlando von Einsiedel and featured on the New York Times website, tells the story of how the conflict has affected – and continues to affect – the mountain gorillas. In the past 15 years, more than 140 park rangers have been killed trying to protect the gorillas.

They do so, not just for the love of the animals, but also because, as Bauma explains, the gorillas are so important to the stability of the area.

Towards the end of the month, Michael will be going to see the mountain gorillas. He will be sharing this incredible experience on the blog and newsletter in February, so keep an eye out for these letters from the bush.

Watch the video on the New York Times site here.

mountain gorillas in the Congo


[Feature image still taken from New York Times video]