• A rebel advances on Virunga’s mountain gorilla sector. Virunga National Park, DRC © Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Wars not only affect the human populations in the respective areas, but also their wildlife. The presence of militia prevents rangers from doing their patrols in reserves; if armed groups occupy protected areas, they often hunt gorillas and other endangered species.

Maiko National Park Progress Report

January 2015

Taking notes at a gorilla nest in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (© FZS)

Maiko National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, lies in one of the most remote forest areas in the world. It is an incredible wilderness area,...[details]

Update: Conflict in the Central African Republic

December 2014

The Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA), located in the southwestern Central African Republic (CAR) and the northern edge of the Congo basin, is...[details]

The Sarambwe Reserve and the War

January 2014

It has been approximately two decades since Sarambwe Forest descended into chaos, with the potential to end in the degradation of its ecosystems or...[details]