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Relocation of Gorillas in eastern DRCRelocation of Gorillas in eastern DRC
The release of the UNEP report, entitled "The Last Stand of the Gorilla", prompted the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUS) to assist in the relocation of orphaned gorillas to the Tayna Nature Reserve, eastern Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC). With the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, gorillas in the Congo Basin may disappear from most of their present range in less than 10-15 years from now. Relocation efforts are vital to maintain healthy gorilla populations, which are becoming increasingly isolated due to habitat loss and conflict across the region. Photographer Tim Freccia joined the relocation effort.
Relocating orphaned gorillas in DR Congo, April 2010
Veterinarians inspect gorillas
UN airlift support for gorilla relocation
Airlift of gorillas by UN MONUC helicopter
Park Rangers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Park Ranger in Tayna Nature Reserve, Kasugho
Park Rangers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
UN airlifts orphaned gorillas
Orphaned gorillas and helper, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Orphaned gorilla and helper, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Orphaned gorilla, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Orphaned gorilla near its transport cage, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Helper with orphaned gorilla
Orphaned gorilla in new habitat, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Orphaned gorilla being transported to its new location
Park Rangers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo