Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Grauer gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) are divided in four distinct populations all living in eastern DRC. Estimated to be fewer than 3,800 wild individuals, their number has declined dramatically over the past 20 years due to the political instability and heavy poaching that regularly occur in the area. Grauer gorillas are now listed as “Critically endangered” on the IUCN Red List.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park, which covers 6,000km2 is home to the largest population of Grauer gorillas, as well as many threatened endemic species including the forest elephant and the chimpanzee. The national park was severely impacted by the two civil wars that ravaged the country between 1996 and 2003, leading to its inscription on the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger sites in 1997.
Funds allocated by La Palmyre Zoo to Kahuzi-Biega National Park provide support to the rangers in charge of monitoring the gorilla groups and for developing complementary tourist activities such as educational trails.
Photo credit: © Florence Perroux