Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ranger held over gorilla killings

The BBC News site is reporting that Honore Mashagiro, a member of the Congolese Nature Conservation Institute (ICCN) has been arrested on claims that he organised the mountain gorilla killings in 2007. It was the ICCN themselves that brought the charges. How utterly baffling!
Ten gorillas were killed in 2007 in the Virunga National Park, a Unesco world heritage site.

The park is in a volatile region where rebels have set up a base.

The area is also home to more than half of the world's last 700 mountain gorillas living in the wild.

Six other foresters could be questioned over the killings, and their role in trapping and slaughtering the animals on the alleged orders of Mr Mashagiro, reports say.

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