There is greater biodiversity in Africa’s Albertine Rift region where Virunga National Park is located than in any other ecosystem in Africa. This richly diverse array of habitats is home to critical populations of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.
It’s hard not to be transported when you encounter a photo like the one above, of an elephant in the early morning haze.
Attacks on park staff, rangers, and scouts are always deeply disturbing to me. These true friends of wildlife and champions of conservation are on the frontlines securing parks, guarding wildlife, and protecting people living around wildlife.