While on one hand, the conservationists are concerned of the disappearing of the rare eastern Congo mountain gorilla due to the rebels’ killing and eating them, on the other hand they are thrilled with the news of the birth of this rare gorilla in Congo’s Virunga National Park.
The little Ndeze was born Feb. 17 amidst the world’s last 700 mountain gorillas giving hope to the conservationists, informed the conservation support group WildlifeDirect’s Samantha Newport.
Newport told The Associated Press over telephone from the park,
It’s incredibly positive. These gorillas have managed to survive a 10-year civil war. It is “an absolute miracle and testament to the work of the rangers, who worked throughout the war without receiving a salary, and to conservationists from all over the world.
Adding on to the list of 11 member of a gorilla family living in a sector of the park – Mikeno, Ndeze lives with about 80 gorillas there. It has been impossible to carry out a precise census because of ongoing insecurity.
Thrilled with Ndeze’s birth, Richard Leakey, chairman of the WildlifeDirect said,
The Mountain Gorillas have been under enormous pressure for many years, and a newborn is always a positive step toward protecting these animals. We should not forget that this is the product of enormous effort and sacrifice on the part of African rangers, many of whom have paid the price of this success with their lives.