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Virunga nationla park ; mountain gorilla ; great ape ; gorilla massacre ; congo ; wildlife crime ; charcoal trade ; park ranger
Congolese authorities arrested a park ranger linked to the deaths of some of the world's rare mountain gorillas in 2007, conservation officials said on Wednesday.
Honore Mashagero, a ranger who also worked as a provincial director for the Congolese conservation group ICCN, was arrested on Tuesday morning and is awaiting trial for the deaths of some of the ten gorillas that were brutally killed in Congo's lawless Virunga mountains in 2007.
The ICCN brought the charges against Mashagero, said conservation group Wildlife Direct, which works in Virunga National Park.
"It is clear that ICCN are setting a precedent in a part of the country that is still reigned by an air of impunity," Wildlife Direct spokesperson Dipesh Pabari said.
The Virunga mountains, which straddle the border between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo are home to the world's 720 mountain gorillas but conserving the beings in Congo has proved increasingly difficult with myriad rebel groups operating ...