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Park Ranger Tenderly Comforts Gorilla That Just Lost Its Mother

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This organization seeks to rescue mountain gorillas from the fierce fight against poachers that have contributed to their endangerment.


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Photographer Phil Moore captured a heartbreaking photo of a park ranger comforting a gorilla. The gorilla lost its mother to poachers. This scene took place in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Park ranger comforting a gorilla that lost it’s mother.Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted by Animals beautiful on Friday, September 18, 2015

Patrick Karabaranga, photographed, is one of the park rangers in Virunga. The region has been affected by war and armed conflict for the past 20 years. The parks are guarded by a team of over 600 rangers.

The park accounts for a quarter of the world’s mountain gorilla population with over 200 mountain gorillas. The exceptional wildlife there is safeguarded intently since traffickers often attempt to smuggle animals out of the park.

Poached Grauer's Gorilla BabyRanger Christian Shamavu from Virunga National Park rescued a poached baby Grauer's…

Posted by Virunga National Park on Friday, October 7, 2011

Mass deforestation and the infrastructure transports that take up space in the rainforests have made the gorillas critically endangered. Wide conservation efforts have helped restore the gorilla population to a certain extent. But there is still more to be done. Learn more at https://virunga.org/.