Congo Mountain Gorillas
Virunga Fund – Supporting the Rangers and Mountain Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Happy Hollow has committed to working with a group of Rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2006. The Rangers are the frontline of protection for the last remaining populations of Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park. They are pitted against well-armed professional poachers hunting for ivory and bushmeat, bands of rebel insurgents and local subsistence poachers, yet they continue to do their best to defend the Virunga National Park and its wildlife.
Happy Hollow Zoo has directly supported these field conservation efforts:
- Provided salaries for Rangers who had not been paid in almost 10 years, yet continued to perform their incrediblydangerous job
- Purchased Ranger uniforms and boots for protection out on patrol
- Improved the water sanitation system at Bukima patrol post in the gorilla sector, which houses 17 guards and uses a20-year-old well in which the water was filthy.
- Provided tents and rations for patrols
- Restocked the pharmacy at the park headquarters, which serves the Rangers and their families.
- We've sent funds to help toward the purchase of a surveillance plane.
- We support the “Widow’s Fund” to support the widows of the men who have lost their lives while serving.
- Last years funds purchased much needed Land Rovers to help jump start tourism to the Park.
To get an even better understanding of who the Congo Rangers are, what they do and how we have had an impact; below are two links to videos they have sent us.