[Blog] Virunga Lost!

Did you know? How many of you knew that the National Park of the Virunga was nominated for the Google Impact Challenge. People had to vote online. For some reason, I doubt Congolese people were even aware of such a contest. For myself, I discovered it only in the last hour of voting, last Friday.

Baby gorilla Isangi, a poached 9-month-old Grauer's gorilla, was moved to Virunga National Park headquarters at Rumangabo to be quarantined for a month. She bonded quickly with her two new caretakers.

Baby gorilla Isangi, a poached 9-month-old Grauer’s gorilla, was moved to Virunga National Park headquarters at Rumangabo to be quarantined for a month. She bonded quickly with her two new caretakers.

I wish Congolese people were more prompt to relay this kind of information and organize better to spread the word. I wish it would be relayed by all kind of media. Don’t you think it is much more of a positive impact for Congolese people if the Virunga were to earn £500,000 ($853,327) rather than knowing which Congolese singer is having fun in whose bed? Well, at least that is what I think. We could definitely ALSO use social media for this kind of kind of operation and really make a difference with so little.

For those who didn’t know, the Virunga National Park was created in 1925 and is the first national park ever created in Africa. It’s the ultimate home of the silver back gorilla, largest kind of monkeys. The Virunga is vital for the Congo and precious for the world. It’s only with our support of us all that their efforts to protect these gorillas and the population around that their operation will last long. This time it took only 30s and only one click.

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