Photograph by Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images
How to Help
December 2007
Gorilla Massacre: How to Help
After the July 2007 killings of endangered mountain gorillas, possibly by people involved in the illegal charcoal trade, a mobile antipoaching force stayed close to gorillas in Virunga National Park. But the Democratic Republic of the Congo's parks authority, ICCN, must keep the animals safe when these guards are needed elsewhere. Nairobi-based WildlifeDirect—founded by anthropologist Richard Leakey—helps outfit rangers and supplement their government salaries. The group's website hosts blogs where rangers and others post news and pictures from the field. More groups working together to protect these gorillas include:

International Gorilla Conservation Program
This coalition works with the governments of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda.

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Founded by the gorilla researcher murdered in 1985, this organization helps care for young gorillas like the one whose mother was killed in July.

Zoological Society of London
In addition to helping supplement rangers' salaries, the ZSL works with D.R. Congo's park authority to help manage Virunga National Park as a whole.

Frankfurt Zoological Society
FZS has trained and equipped hundreds of rangers; it also provides aircraft to help the ICCN monitor gorillas and direct antipoaching forces from the air.