The following story ran in the April 19, 2002, issue of The Topeka Capital Journal:
Gorillas top her list - Native of Holland heads organization that tries to preserve mountain gorillas in Africa
by Chris Moon
Mountain gorillas aren't native to Kansas. Not even close.
Ten elephants were gunned downed by a well-organized gang of ivory poachers using automatic weapons in Tsavo East National Park on March 28, 2002, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) reported.
On March 7, 2002, the USAID-Kenya Mission Director, Mr. Kiertisak Toh, participated in the official opening ceremony of the Koija Starbeds in Kenya's Laikipia District.
A Kenyan lioness which perplexed wildlife experts last month by adopting a newborn Beisa oryx at Samburu National Park astonished them again on Valentine's Day by taking on another. When the lioness adopted her first calf last month, animal behaviorists said she had probably mistaken it for a lion cub. But on Friday she showed full awareness of the calf's species, allowing its real mother to feed it before chasing her away.
On January 17th, Mount Nyiragongo, just north of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted. The Nyiragongo volcano is one of eight in DRC along the border with Rwanda. This is also home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas and their dense tropical forest habitat, who range among the six "dormant" volcanoes in DRC's Virunga National Park.