Illegal charcoal trade in the Congo's Virunga National Park is endangering Diane Fossey's gorillas in the mist. In this photo, park rangers are destroying a charcoal oven that was operating illegally in the park. The charcoal, produced by burning valuable and protected forests and worth $30 million U.S., is sent to neighboring Rwanda, which has banished the production of this substance within its borders. This means that the most fertile source for charcoal is the protected Virunga National Park in neighboring Congo. Just recently in July, eight rare mountain gorillas were shot dead. The rangers who protect the gorillas and their habitat are hounded by the traders, and many who protect the gorillas and park have been tortured.
One good bit of news: The five-month old baby of one of the murdered females was found dehydrated but alive.
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