09 Aug '11, 8pm

Infant gorilla rescued from poachers attempting to smuggle the female into Rwanda. Pics & details:

© Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project © Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project An infant mountain gorilla has been rescued from poachers in Rwanda with the help of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP), a partnership of WWF, African Wildlife Foundation and Fauna & Flora International. A group of Rwandan and Congolese men were attempting to smuggle the female, less than one-year old, into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The smugglers responsible were arrested and an investigation into a possible larger network is underway. While this rescue is certainly positive news, it brings to light the issues of illegal poaching and wildlife trade. © Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project In response to this incident, efforts are underway to strengthen wildlife protection in the DRC’s Virunga National Park, where this gorilla is believed to have been taken...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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