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Gorilla rangers awarded for bravery
01 August 2008

An emotional ceremony held in recognition of the efforts and sacrifices made by ICCN park rangers working in the Virunga National Park to protect Mountain gorillas took place on Thursday July 15 in Goma, Eastern DR Congo.

The ceremony, which was chaired by Mrs. Claudia McMurray, US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science and the Governor of North Kivu Province, saw 22 ICCN guards receive an award in recognition of their bravery and dedication to conservation during difficult times.

At the ceremony Mrs. McMurray confirmed that the U.S. is still very committed to supporting the efforts of conservation in DR Congo and will remain close to the valiant rangers, protecting the gorillas and other threatened species in the Virungas National Park.

The Director General of ICCN, Cosma Wilungula thanked the people of America for their commitment to conservation and promised that the ICCN would never give up on saving the biodiversity of the Virungas. Wilungula reiterated the ICCN’s commitment to remove the Virungas from the list of world heritage sites in danger.

Ms. Claudia McMurray was interviewed on the Gorilla Organization’s Congolese radio program Cosmos Notre Monde on Thursday 17 July.

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