The Park’s rangers are its heroes. They are the true guardians of this unique habitat, the most biologically diverse protected area in Africa. With your help, we can support them, their families and the widows of Rangers that have tragically lost their lives defending the Park and the surrounding communities from attack. With your help, we can send children to school, keep youth out of the militia, preserve the forest and protect the incredible array of wildlife, flora and fauna at Virunga National Park.
Virunga National Park’s rangers are entrusted with the conservation and the protection of the Park’s wildlife and natural resources. The rangers serve in the Park’s four sectors (North, Central, South and Lake Sector), often in extremely difficult physical conditions and dangerous circumstances. Tragically, over 200 Rangers have been killed in the line of duty. Without their commitment, the Park would not be able to deliver its mission of conserving the incredible biodiversity for future generations while harnessing its natural resources to help build new jobs and opportunities for the surrounding communities. The Park currently employs 689 male and female rangers, who are selected from local towns and villages and undergo extensive training to qualify as civil servants within the Congolese National Park Authority (ICCN).
RANGER CHRISTIAN SHAWAMU – HEAD OF CONGOHOUNDS UNIT
Positioned in a context of extreme poverty in a region recovering from 20 years of civil war, the Park’s future existence relies on its economic success and its contribution to peace-building and development in the region.
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