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.

Lake Edward in the Park is important for 50,000 people's liveihoods beacause of fishing. Oil exploration is planned for the lake but at what cost?

2012 World Press Photo Winners RHINO WARS: Nature, 1st prize stories, Brent Stirton. A four man anti-poaching team permanently guards a Northern White Rhino on Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. July 13th, 2011.

Congo: A Congolese soldier at the Virunga national park looks into a boiling lava lake in the crater of the Nyiragongo volcano Photograph: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people call Virunga National Park home and rely on it for their livelihoods. By drilling for oil, Soco could put all of that at risk, and provide very few benefits for local communities. #SOSVirunga

From baobabs to monkey puzzles, things aren't looking too good for these eccentric, endangered tree species.

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

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'Soco abandons exploration plans in Virunga' - this is an exciting victory for our planet, which you have made happen along with support from 750,000 people across the world, government champions and activists within DRC - thank you!

Solio with her keeper Amos @ The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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