Infignos Media -- buyersUSA Consulting
NOW PLAYING
15 Radio Streams
Click Here
Brown's Radiator and A/C Service
Advertise Here

From Auto, Transportation and Travel - Travel Industry

Brought to you by Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center

RMC's mission is to provide advanced health care of the highest quality with compassion and integrity to every patient.Over 185 physicians & most major specialties comprise Regional Medical Center’s medical staff.256-235-5121.www.rmccares.org

Body Image



Trafficking of Infant Gorillas Continues in DR Congo;Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Working on New Solutions

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:43:47 EST

The recent rescue of two more infant Grauer's gorillas by Congolese wildlife authorities (ICCN) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shows that illegal gorilla trafficking is still a critical threat to this highly endangered species. Congolese law enforcement officials, working with a partner Congolese organization and local citizens, were able to locate and confiscate these gorillas. At this point, the rescue operation required transportation, caregiver personnel, lodging, food for the gorillas and other basic needs, which Congolese officials cannot fund.
 
These two gorillas are now in the temporary care of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in a first-stop location run by ICCN, and if all goes well with their initial quarantine, and health checks (conducted by the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project) they will eventually be transferred to a facility initiated by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in North Kivu, Congo – the GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education) center.
 
'We are committed to saving gorillas in Congo in every way, primarily by supporting law enforcement in combating poaching, by implementing on-the-ground protection and monitoring of gorilla groups the way we have done for 45 years with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and finally by providing care and hope for the future of these young gorilla victims,' says Clare Richardson, president and CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
 
A new challenge grant to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund from an anonymous U.S. donor is designed to stem the tide of this illegal traffic by assisting ICCN in its law enforcement efforts and by educating local populations about the consequences and futility of such trafficking. 'These gorillas likely come from the Walikale territory, an extensive densely forested area that holds a large population of Grauer's gorillas outside the protection of national parks and which is the focus of our new Congo program,' says Fossey Fund Grauer's gorilla program manager Urbain Ngobobo-as Ibungu. 'Our recently installed monitoring camps in this area are a direct response to the threats to gorillas. And our teams are on the ground in the forest currently despite the general insecurity in the region.'
 
'Unlike mountain gorillas, which have been studied in Rwanda at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Center for more than 45 years, there are fewer habituated Grauer's groups that researchers can observe in the vast forests of eastern DRC. As a result, much less is known about this subspecies,' says Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., Fossey Fund vice president and chief scientist.
 
The Fossey Fund's new Grauer's Gorilla Research and Conservation Program in DRC will allow for assessing the numbers and stability of the current population in the region, and to study and protect them, including the hiring of local people as trackers and data collectors, other field staff and for research station construction. This program is funded through the generosity of the Turner Foundation, the Daniel K. Thorne Foundation and other donors and members of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
 
'We have been caring for confiscated gorillas in temporary facilities since 2003, and the continuing problem of gorilla trafficking in this region requires us to focus both on prevention and on making plans for their future, since every individual counts in saving an endangered species,' says Clare Richardson. 'That is why we began planning for GRACE in 2008, with the hope that we could prepare these young victims for a return to a natural life in the wild.' 
 
Grauer's gorillas are a type of eastern gorilla (formerly called eastern lowland) that are found only in eastern Congo, where their numbers have declined dramatically in recent years. Due to years of civil unrest there is no current census but estimates suggest as few as 4,000.


Source: WebWire



From Our Blogs

New Ways to Volunteer in Your Community and Beyond

There are a variety of new ways you can make an impact in your community.

Ways to Keep Your Community Safer

As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

Tips to Make Playtime Educational and Fun

Playtime should be fun and educational.

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

Young is offering insights into how to turn your impediments into assets.


Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our Website Sponsors

Sunny King Honda

Come in for special pricing and financing. Special APR as low as 0.9%. 2580 US Highway 78 East, Anniston. 256-343-4216. www.SunnyKingHonda.com.

ERA King Real Estate

We bring the world to Alabama's doorstep. Offices in Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Lincoln. Call us at 256-831-5656 or visit us at eraking.com.

Artificial Limb & Brace

At Artificial Limb & Brace Center, it is our mission to provide people with orthotic and prosthetic services and products using the most reliable technology to give them the best results possible. Call us at 256-236-2562.

The Party Center

Everything you need for your next party! Specializing in items for your birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and all holidays and special occasions. Located at 1716 Hamric Drive East in Oxford. Call 256-831-4449.

Transformation Technologies

Improve your golf scores. View our free 16 minute golf course at golf.transformationsolutions.com