Oil drilling groups such as the British company Soco International, is causing deforestation, which in turn is triggering the death of animals.
The threat that militias pose to Virunga national park is HUGE; illegal refugees are illegally using Virunga’s resources to make money by farming.
Poaching is also another severe problem in Virunga. Poachers are killing animals for their animal products so that they can sell them on the black market to make a profit.
Civil war is the biggest problem in Virunga. Rebel groups like M23 are waging war on the government, and the gorillas are caught in the fatal and deadly crossfire.
Sad but True
Over 153 park rangers have sacrificed their lives to protect the gorillas, making Virunga one of the most dangerous places to work.
Virtual tourism allows you to view a far-away destination on your computer, in the safety and comfort of your home. This way, you can save quite a bit of money in travel expenses, and be safe from the danger in Virunga. Our idea is to put several small, waterproof, solar- powered, and live-streaming cameras in designated areas in Virunga.
Sharing and sources of information
We have shared this problem and our solution on many social media forums: WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Scratch. We have also made two YouTube videos about the problem and our solution. We even sent an email to Virunga National Park! The sources used to create this pamphlet and our presentation are completely credible. We used two National Geographic Articles, two Virunga documentaries, and used the Virunga website.