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Renewed DR Congo fighting threatens rare gorillas

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Renewed DR Congo fighting threatens rare gorillas

AFP

NAIROBI (AFP) â” Renewed fighting between the army and renegade troops in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses a fresh threat to critically endangered mountain gorillas, experts said Sunday.

This photo released by Wildlife Direct shows a mountain gorilla holds her newborn baby in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga park in August 2007. Renewed fighting between the army and renegade troops in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses a fresh threat to critically endangered mountain gorillas, experts said Sunday.

Nkunda's rebels and other armed groups are accused of poaching there and encroaching on their habitats.

The mountain gorillas are a major tourist attraction in the park but poaching remains endemic.

The only mountain gorillas found were the five members of the Rugendo family, the remains of the unit that was massacred in July, and they were outside of the park vulnerable to crossfire.
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