Leonardo DiCaprio supports park where 13 gorilla rangers were killed

Leonardo DiCaprio supports park where 13 gorilla rangers were killed

- Earth Alliance, a group co-founded by DiCaprio, donated part of the initial funding of $2 million to start the endeavour

- The actor aims to support the park with the new funding as it fights to save gorillas which have been facing threats of different kinds

- The park launched the Virunga Fund campaign on Monday, 18 May which saw DiCaprio and the European Commission distributing funds

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Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the campaign to support the Virunga National Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to save lives of the endangered animals at the sanctuary.

This came just weeks after 13 rangers were killed in an ambush by a suspected Rwandan rebel group.

Briefly.co.za gathered that a group co-founded by the actor, Earth Alliance, donated part of the initial funding needed but not much was known about the exact amount donated, BBC reported.

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The actor aims to support the park with the new funding as it fights to save gorillas which have been facing threats of all different kinds.

DiCaprio was an executive producer of a Netflix documentary called Virunga and has the park close to his heart.

“I had the great honour of meeting and supporting Virunga’s courageous team in their fight against illegal oil drilling in 2013, it urgently needs funds to protect the endangered mountain gorilla population, to provide support to the rangers and their families who have fallen in the line of duty, and to help deliver essential disease prevention efforts," DiCaprio said in a statement.

The park had launched a Virunga Fund campaign on Monday, May 18, which saw DiCaprio and the European Commission also distribute funds.

It is home to the mountain gorilla, a species that bounced back from the brink of extinction but whose future is once again endangered.

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The park director, Emmanuel De Merode, said being faced by Covid-19 and Ebola, they have never been more worried about the future of National Park.

In the recent attacks, officers aged between 23 and 40 years old, were ambushed by rebel soldiers on their way to the headquarters whereupon they encountered a civilian vehicle that had been attacked.

According to the management, the attackers who were members of a group of armed Rwandan militants known as FDLR-FOCA turned guns on the officers.

During the attack, 13 died on the spot while four of their colleagues sustained injuries.

The rangers went viral online for their amazing selfies in which the gorillas posed as humans and the friendship between both warmed the hearts of many.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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