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In Pictures: Congo's park rangers under fire
More than 130 rangers at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed in past 20 years.
Last updated: 16 Jul 2014 13:38
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Wearing khaki green and toting AK-47 assault rifles, the rangers of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo have some of the most dangerous jobs in conservation.

Virunga, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in one of the most violent places on earth, is under threat from armed militias, poaching, and potential oil exploration.

The park, the oldest and most biodiverse in Africa, is home to around one-quarter of the world’s mountain gorillas - a critically endangered species - as well as a huge variety of other wildlife.

A new documentary about the park tracks the efforts of those trying to save it in the face of increasing conflict. Director Orlando von Einsiedel, who spent two years filming in the park, says: 'Despite 20 years of living through warfare, the rangers of Virunga have an incredible vision for their country and infectious optimism.'


/Virunga Movie

'When you save a gorilla’s life, you truly feel like you are doing significant work for your country,' said Andre Bauma, who cares for orphaned mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.



/Virunga Movie

The park is home to elephants, buffalo, and the largest concentration of hippopotami in Africa.



/Cai Tjeenk Willink
Around 400 rangers protect Virunga National Park from poachers and armed groups involved in the illegal charcoal trade. In the past 20 years, more than 130 rangers have been killed. 


/Virunga Movie

Mountain gorillas are often found at high altitudes and live in just three countries worldwide: Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo.



/Virunga Movie

Although the Virunga National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, it faces a constant battle for survival due to encroachment by rebel groups and poachers. 



/Orlando von Einsiedel

Al Jazeera reporter Gelareh Darabi on patrol with Virunga's rangers.



/Orlando von Einsiedel

UN peacekeeping forces have joined the park's rangers to fend off attacks from armed militias, nine of which currently operate in and around the park. 



/Orlando von Einsiedel
The rangers of Virunga National Park use bloodhounds to track down poachers. 


/Orlando von Einsiedel

The Virunga Alliance aims to create 60,000 sustainable jobs for the four million people who live less than a day's walk from the national park. 



/Virunga Movie

Virunga is home to the only Gorilla beringei beringei - the mountain gorilla species - in captivity.



/Virunga Movie

Virunga plays a key role in the survival of the mountain gorilla. Today 480 of the world's 880 mountain gorillas live in and around the park.




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The park is home to elephants, buffalo, and the largest concentration of hippopotami in Africa.

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Mountain gorillas are often found at high altitudes and live in just three countries worldwide: Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo.

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Although the Virunga National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, it faces a constant battle for survival due to encroachment by rebel groups and poachers. 

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Al Jazeera reporter Gelareh Darabi on patrol with Virunga(***)s rangers.

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UN peacekeeping forces have joined the park(***)s rangers to fend off attacks from armed militias, nine of which currently operate in and around the park. 

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The Virunga Alliance aims to create 60,000 sustainable jobs for the four million people who live less than a day(***)s walk from the national park. 

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Virunga is home to the only Gorilla beringei beringei - the mountain gorilla species - in captivity.

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Virunga plays a key role in the survival of the mountain gorilla. Today 480 of the world(***)s 880 mountain gorillas live in and around the park.

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"When you save a gorilla’s life, you truly feel like you are doing significant work for your country," said Andre Bauma, caring for orphaned mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.

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"When you save a gorilla’s life, you truly feel like you are doing significant work for your country," said Andre Bauma, caring for orphaned mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.

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The park is home to elephants, buffalo and the largest concentration of hippos in Africa.

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The park is home to elephants, buffalo and the largest concentration of hippos in Africa.

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Around 400 rangers protect Virunga National Park from poachers and armed groups involved in the illegal charcoal trade. In the past 20 years, more than 130 rangers have been killed. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Virunga_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/f58b3cd7331cbea1dff67929fa5fed34Cai Tjeenk Willink

Around 400 rangers protect Virunga National Park from poachers and armed groups involved in the illegal charcoal trade. In the past 20 years, more than 130 rangers have been killed. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Virunga_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/daa019acd835dc4d4c33c8ebfd481f2e

Mountain gorillas are often found at high altitudes and live in just three countries worldwide: Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.

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Mountain gorillas are often found at high altitudes and live in just three countries worldwide: Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.

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Although the Virunga National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, it faces a constant battle for survival due to encroachment by rebel groups and poachers. 

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Although the Virunga National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, it faces a constant battle for survival due to encroachment by rebel groups and poachers. 

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Al Jazeera reporter Gelareh Darabi on patrol with Virunga's rangers.

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Al Jazeera reporter Gelareh Darabi on patrol with Virunga's rangers.

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UN peacekeeping forces have collaborated with the park's rangers to fend off attacks from armed militias, nine of which currently operate in and around the park. 

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UN peacekeeping forces have collaborated with the park's rangers to fend off attacks from armed militias, nine of which currently operate in and around the park. 

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The rangers of Virunga National Park use bloodhounds to track down poachers. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Virunga_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/4d6b17956d3e41d93da452523763ee6dOrlando von Einsiedel

The rangers of Virunga National Park use bloodhounds to track down poachers. 

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The Virunga Alliance aims to create 60,000 sustainable jobs for the four million people who live less than a day's walk from the national park. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Virunga_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/21d4d2ead0645fc043d1f94992e96d38Orlando von Einsiedel

The Virunga Alliance aims to create 60,000 sustainable jobs for the four million people who live less than a day's walk from the national park. 

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Virunga is home to the only Gorilla beringei beringei in captivity.

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Virunga is home to the only Gorilla beringei beringei in captivity.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Virunga_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/996639eaa572d4b43bf08ddac13a834c

Virunga plays a key role in the survival of the mountain gorilla, and today around 480 of the world's 880 mountain gorillas live in and around the park.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Virunga_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/996639eaa572d4b43bf08ddac13a834cVirunga Movie

Virunga plays a key role in the survival of the mountain gorilla, and today around 480 of the world's 880 mountain gorillas live in and around the park.



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