A new film about Africa s embattled Virunga National Park debuts just days after the parks director was shot by gunmen. Virunga National Park is an amazing, irreplaceable place. Nearly 2 million acres of forests, swamps, savannas and snowfields sprawl over ancient mountains and active volcanoes, teeming with iconic wildlife like chimpanzees, lowland gorillas and about 25 percent of Earth's wild mountain gorillas.
photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
DRAW THE LINE Keep oil exploration out of Africa's oldest national park Virunga where the gorillas live. We need to keep an oil company, Soco International PLC (Soco), out of the park and stop it from exploring for oil. http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/congo_basin_forests/problems/oil_extraction/draw_the_line_pledge.cfm?src=virunga_source=WWF+International_campaign=b11f59237e-draw_the_line_Save_Virunga_medium=email_term=0_61baba9791-b11f59237e-291535937