Heroic Park Ranger Murdered While Protecting Endangered Gorillas – Demand Justice

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Target: Joseph Kabila, President, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goal: Investigate the death of conservation ranger who was protecting endangered Grauer’s gorillas.

A conservation officer was recently shot dead while trying to protect threatened Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kahuzi Biega national park. Munganga Nzonga Jacques, a 26-year-old ranger, was killed by poachers in the Tshivanga area of the park, which was previously suspected to be relatively safe. Even more shockingly, this is not the first conservation officer to be killed by poachers after the gorillas — another was killed only six months previously in the same national park.

Grauer’s gorillas are the largest species of ape on the planet, and also one of the most endangered. Threatened by illegal hunting, civil unrest, and habitat destruction, populations have declined by a whopping 77 percent in only 20 years. The gorillas are now listed as critically endangered, and are facing imminent extinction within the next five years without protection. Fewer than 4,000 are estimated to remain, all mostly confined to the Eastern forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In order to protect these gorillas, it is imperative that they receive the hands-on protection of conservation officers. If these conservation officers are targeted for killings, they will be unable to properly protect this critically endangered species. Not only must security be upgraded in the Kahuzi Biega national park, but an investigation must be launched into these brutal killings. Sign the petition below to demand that those responsible for these killings are found and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kabila,

A 26-year-old conservation officer was recently killed while protecting critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park. This is not the first ranger to be killed — another was recently killed in the same national park. Without protection from threats like illegal hunting, civil unrest, and mining, the critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla could be extinct within five years.

This animal is the largest species of ape in the world, as well as one of the rarest. It is imperative that it, as well as those who protect it, are kept safe from harm. We therefore ask that you improve security in the Kahuzi Biega national park as well as work to ensure that those responsible for the killings of these consrvation officers are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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53 Comments

  1. NOW IT SEEMS necessary to shoot to kill with regards to poachers…or be killed, a situation they themselves have created. Too late to pretend this isn’t happening. Shoot to kill [or maim] with regards to poachers, ask questions later, trained personnel…and see this also mentioned by others. POST NOTICES to this effect, give due warning…that way, when a poacher is 6 feet under, it’s their own fault. No one will object. Wildlife/gorilla territory is now a war zone. You’ve GOT to handle the problem with the same amount of force as THAT which is creating the problem…otherwise, it will never end.
    And we clamp down on wildlife trafficking via transportation services, airlines, etc., and end-point countries which indulge in animal parts trafficking and black market goods. Cut off that which creates the demand and you cut off the poachers. Let’s find out where the level of corruption is really at. …COMING AT IT from all angles at once. …Worldwide effort.

  2. Rangers should shoot to kill at poacher. The park should be closed to all humans except the Rangers. Then they should b allowed to shoot anyone who trespasses on the park. People are sick greedy animals who do NOT deserve to have the privilege of seeing these more human than poachers creatures. Protect them by not allowing anyone near them but Rangers.what kind of sub human filth would shot and kills human for money. Please do something!!!

  3. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    All these beautiful animals would deserve a much better and safer continent to live in…
    The African continent don’t have solved up problem with the humans themself so we can’t expect that they will solve up a problems with animals in there…

  4. HANG THE FILTHY EVIL SCUM!!!! WIPE OUT POACHERS!!!
    R.I.P Ranger xxx

  5. HANG THE FILTHY EVIL SCUM!!!!
    R.I.P Ranger xxx

  6. Daniela Bress says:

    There’s just ONE way to stop our human trash from exterminating endangered animals for their financial profit: we HAVE TO kill those greedy, destructive, megalomaniac, reckless, selfish and completely worthless human molecules!

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