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[Faune] Le dos argenté

Le dos argenté ou gorille des montagnes est le plus grand primate anthropoïde et est menacé d’extinction. Il vit entre 2200 et 4300 m d’altitude au Congo, au Rwanda et en Ouganda. Leur sanctuaire le plus important se trouve en RDCongo, dans le parc National des Virunga, le plus ancien parc naturel du continent africain, établi en 1925. Le dos argenté mesure entre 1,40 et 2 mètres. Les mâles pèsent entre 140 et 300 kg et les femelles entre 70 et 110 kg.

Il se nourrit principalement de végétaux mais aussi d’insectes. Les mâles portent le surnom dos argenté car avec la maturité, leur poil du dos se colorent d’un gris argent.

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Le gorille est la principale espèce phare du Parc National des Virunga (PNVi). Etabli en 1925, ce premier parc africain le fut pour d’abord donner protection à la sous-espèce de gorille de montagne (Gorilla gorilla beringei). On y découvrit ensuite une deuxième sous-espèce, celle de gorille dite de plaine de l’est (Gorilla gorilla graueri). Cette dernière sous-espèce existe aussi aux Parcs Nationaux de Kahuzi-Biega (PNKB) et de la Maïko (PNM), tous deux en RDCongo.

Du point de vue morphologique, ces deux sous-espèces sont distinctes l’une de l’autre. Le gorille de montagne très poilu, de teint très sombre, a un large visage avec de grandes joues. Celui des plaines de l’est par contre, présente un étroit visage et est plus grand que son frère de montagne. Chez les deux sous-espèces, les femelles (68-114 Kg) sont plus petites que les mâles (160-210 Kg).

Les gorilles vivent en groupes familiaux stables, composés de plusieurs femelles et leur progéniture, groupes conduits par le dos argenté. Le gorille apprend facilement. Aussi, il a été possible d’habituer des familles des gorilles entières des PNVi aux visites humaines, tourisme sensationnel du moment qu’il n’y a pas de conflit armés dans la région.

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Géographiquement, l’aire de répartition de ces deux sous-espèces de gorilles est discontinue: la sous-espèce de la plaine de l’est occupe le triangle compris entre le fleuve Congo, les lacs Edouard et Tanganyika tandis que celle de montagne les régions volcaniques de la RDC, du Rwanda et de l’Ouganda ainsi que la forêt de Bwindi en Ouganda. Cependant, le PNVi est le seul endroit au monde où on trouve, dans l’état naturel, ces deux sous-espèces à la fois. En RDC, les gorilles se trouvent aussi en dehors des Parcs Nationaux susmentionnés (PNVi, PNKB et PNM), notamment dans la forêt qui relie le PNKB au PNM et dans la forêt d’Itombwe, au Sud-Kivu, près de la frontière burundaise.

Ces deux sous-espèces sont listées par l’Union Mondiale pour la Nature (UICN) comme espèce en danger et se trouve en annexe 1 de la CITES (Convention Internationale sur le commerce des espèces de faune et de flore en danger).

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Pétrole au Virunga: La Violence faite aux Peuples

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Pétrole en Afrique: A quoi sert la manne pétrolière? A quel développement? Qui en bénéficie?

L’Afrique donne l’image d’un continent connaissant une marginalisation croissante sur les marchés légaux du commerce mondial; à l’exception de l’exploitation de quelques minerais: bauxite, uranium, or; à l’exception notable du pétrole.

Aujourd’hui, la manne pétrolière nourrit des Etats comme l’Algérie, le Nigeria, l’Angola, le Gabon, le Congo, le Cameroun. Pour d’autres Etats, les lendemains pourraient être prometteurs: le Soudan, le Mali, le Tchad, la République Démocratique du Congo.

Les tendances les plus récentes fin des années 1990 de l’insertion de l’Afrique dans le mouvement de mondialisation montrent, comme le souligne H. BEN HAMMOUDA du CODESRIA à Dakar (1999) un retour en force de l’insertion rentière par la concentration des investissements étrangers dans les secteurs de l’énergie et des mines et une marginalisation de l’agriculture et des secteurs productifs modernes.

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Virunga: How Conservation and Human Rights Intertwine  

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Since my return from Rwanda, and my hopefully-not-once-in-a-lifetime visit with the Mountain Gorillas, I have been meaning to watch the documentary Virunga on Netflix.

I finally made time for it as a study break during my final exams period, and boy, am I glad I did. Because of those same finals, this will be a pretty brief post, but I hope it encourages you to do some more reading about this conflict. The film follows a couple of people who are working to preserve Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As most are aware, the DRC is an extremely unstable country in Africa, and the fighting has killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The park rangers risk their lives every day to save the people and animals that rely on this ecosystem for their livelihoods. I won’t go too far into the plot of…

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Virunga

Virunga is presently on Netflix. I watched it this weekend and it is quite compelling. It left me wondering all day… Why do people don’t leave us alone??? Congolese people don’t hurt anyone but people from all around the world keep coming and hurting us. Money drive people crazy. Obviously misery is a good companion for greediness and corruption… Thankfully, there are and will always be people with their heart in the right place…

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I recently watched a very powerful and moving documentary.  It had all the makings of a great blockbuster, but it wasn’t at all a Hollywood film, and this was perhaps the most heartbreaking aspect of it.  As I was watching, a part of me reasoned that such extreme violence, corruption, and despair could only be fiction.  Yet, Virunga depicts the lives of real people – the rangers of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Every day, these rangers risk their lives to protect Virunga, home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), amongst many other unique species.  In a country left broken by civil war, with endless threat from poachers and militant rebel groups, this is no easy task.  In fact, as mentioned in the film, many of these rangers have lost their lives.  This documentary left me both stunned and emotionally devastated. …

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Gorillas in the Crossfire

Virunga is presently on Netflix. I watched it this weekend and it is quite compelling. It left me wondering all day… Why do people don’t leave us alone??? Congolese people don’t hurt anyone but people from all around the world keep coming and hurting us. Money drive people crazy. Obviously misery is a good companion for greediness and corruption… Thankfully, there are and will always be people with their heart in the right place… dikùba

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[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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Progress Claimed In Bid To Stop Congo Oil Drilling

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GENEVA (AP) — An environmental organization said Friday it is making progress in its bid to block a proposal to dig for oil in a national park in Africa where 200 gorillas live.

Switzerland-based WWF said the British government was backing some of the concerns raised by the organization over the human rights and environmental record of London-based SOCO International PLC in Congo’s Virunga National Park.

The park, which is Africa’s oldest, is a World Heritage site and is listed by UNESCO as being “in danger” The park is also home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

According to the WWF, SOCO has “breached the most respected global corporate social responsibility standards in its pursuit of oil” and has violated good-practice business guidelines set out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

WWF claims that SOCO has intimidated, unlawfully detained activists and withheld information about the environmental and…

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Clashes in DR Congo national park kill four

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The clashes in Africa’s largest park resulted in the death of one park ranger and three suspected Rwandan rebels.

Four people were killed and two seriously injured in a clash between national park rangers and suspected Rwandan rebels in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, the park said.

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