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Bio Virunga National Park is Africa's oldest national park and is also the continent's most biologically diverse protected area.

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A job well done! Virunga's sewing cooperative fulfilled a very large order of 14,000 bracelets in just under 10 days! The cooperative is part of the Park's work to support the families of fallen Rangers, helping widows to gain new skills and provide additional income for their families. To learn more about the The Widows’ Sewing Cooperative, click the link in our bio.

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Today is . Did you know gorillas are the largest primate on earth, and share 98% of their DNA with humans? Virunga is home to around a third of the world's population of critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, a sub-species of the eastern gorilla. You can read more about these amazing animals on our website.

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Virunga's Senkwekwe Centre is the only facility in the world that cares for orphaned mountain gorillas. On our website, you can learn more about the amazing work being done there, and the stories of the orphans - Ndakasi, Ndeze, Matabishi and Musuka - who reside in the centre's forest sanctuary. Click the link in our bio to explore.

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The Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica) is a fascinating resident of Virunga National Park. Recognizable by its large triangular head, heavy body and beautiful geometric patterns, this viper has the longest fangs, the highest venom yield and the fastest strike of any snake in the world—topping speeds of 300kph! Surprisingly, the Gaboon viper is considered a docile animal and human bites are rare.

 image by Virunga National Park (@virunganationalpark) with caption : "The Mutwanga II hydropower plant is entering the final phase of construction. Once operational, it will provide electric" - 1858155893805776483
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The Mutwanga II hydropower plant is entering the final phase of construction. Once operational, it will provide electricity to more than 40,000 users. Pictured here is the aqueduct which will channel water from the Rwenzori mountains down to the power station. The project is part of the Virunga Alliance, which you can learn more about by clicking the link in our bio.

 image by Virunga National Park (@virunganationalpark) with caption : "On a clear day it’s possible to make out all 8 of Virunga’s chain of volcanoes. The Park actually takes its name from th" - 1852821023164343005
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On a clear day it’s possible to make out all 8 of Virunga’s chain of volcanoes. The Park actually takes its name from the Kinyarwanda word “ibirunga”, which means volcanoes.

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We’re so excited to announce the launch of Virunga National Park’s brand new website, which we hope you will all love as much as we do! The new site offers lots of fantastic new content to explore, including interactive timelines and slideshows for you to catch a glimpse of what we’re doing to protect the wildlife and local communities of Virunga. Please do take a look around the site at virunga.org or by clicking the link in our bio.

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: Virunga is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lions, which reside in the savannah plains of the Park's central sector. We caught a glimpse of one young lion cub, thanks to our "camera trap" at Lulimbi camp.

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On we celebrate the amazing conservation work of park rangers worldwide. We are so proud of the efforts of our own staff, who continue to show such dedication and resilience, despite the dangers they face in protecting the communities and natural landscapes of Africa’s oldest national park. To support their work, click the link in our bio.

 image by Virunga National Park (@virunganationalpark) with caption : "Virunga’s mountain gorillas have been a most welcome source of good news in 2018 and it just keeps getting better! We ar" - 1830782242529879043
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Virunga’s mountain gorillas have been a most welcome source of good news in 2018 and it just keeps getting better! We are thrilled to announce the arrival of two new babies, bringing a total of nine new gorilla births this year. The continued growth of Virunga’s mountain gorilla population is due to the dedicated conservation work and protection of the Park’s rangers - find out how you can support them by clicking the link in our bio.

 image by Virunga National Park (@virunganationalpark) with caption : "Congratulations to Ephrem Balole, Manager of Virunga SARL, who received his PhD from the University of Kinshasa last wee" - 1829021370732153409
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Congratulations to Ephrem Balole, Manager of Virunga SARL, who received his PhD from the University of Kinshasa last week. Ephrem manages the Park’s power plants and electricity distribution, and his degree focussed on studying the social-economic value of Virunga National Park

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The Virunga Alliance is working to help bring new opportunities to the 4 million people living within a day’s walk of Virunga National Park’s boundaries. This includes bringing sustainable electricity to communities. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.

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We are honoured that @UNESCO are hosting a special fundraising concert tomorrow evening for Virunga as part of the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee Meeting in Bahrain. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.

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One of the gorilla orphans at Virunga's Senkwekwe Centre has got into the spirit!

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We are so proud that Jolie, one of Virunga’s female rangers, will be representing the Park at the in Brussels this week. If you’re attending, you can see her speak on Wednesday 6th June at 9am. Click the link in our bio to learn more. Representatives from the Rumangabo Widows sewing workshop will also be attending at the , so please come along to meet them at Stand 5.

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We are so delighted to share the news that the mountain gorilla population has surpassed 1000! Incredible news for Virunga and incredible news for conservation. Following a period of such tragedy in the Park, these results are a tremendous comfort and sign of hope for the future of the Park

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It is a difficult time for Virunga but we are incredibly greatful for the support and messages of condolences we have recieved in light of recent events. The Park is deep in mourning over the loss of Ranger Rachel Masika Baraka, and the next few months will be a significant challenge. If you would like to take action to support the Rangers and their families, during this time that it is sincerely needed more than ever, please do visit: virunga.org/donate

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the @londonmarathon to support Angèle. It was an experience she will never forget. Please do help us reach our fundraising goal to support the Park's essential programmes, including the Rangers who put their lives at risk to protect it: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VirungaMarathon