"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gorilla Saved from Poachers

In the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), a group of rangers acted as a black market gorilla buyers. They found the baby male gorilla unharmed in a backpack, and arrested the poachers for trying to sell the gorilla for 40,000 US dollars. Shamavu, the gorilla was named after the rescuer, Christian Shamavu.Shamavu is the fourth baby gorilla the Virunga Rangers have rescued in a year. This is the highest number record, meaning that gorillas are in big trouble, not that they already are in trouble. Gorillas are very endangered because of poaching. Many people think gorillas are vicious, but american zoologist Diane Fossey showed that gorillas can be vicious, but that they are very much like you and I. Many rangers and not to mention animal-lovers are very concerned about poachers, but the Virunga Rangers are doing everything they can to save gorillas like Shamavu.

Baby gorilla picture: Shamavu with the ranger who rescued him from poachers near Virunga National Park, Congo

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