August 1, 2007—Three female mountain gorillas and a male silverback were shot, execution style, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park on July 22nd. (Read full story.)
More than half of all mountain gorillas, estimated at about 700, are found in Virunga, and the recent killings are devastating to the endangered apes' population.
Over 150 rangers and guards in Congo parks have been killed in the last decade by poachers, rebel militias, and others who would prefer the parks unregulated. Join Virunga rangers as they brave the odds to track and protect gorillas—and see an at-risk ape family up close.