In December of 2008, Animal Friends Insurance initially chose to support the charity Gearing Up For Gorillas, by helping with funding for vital projects in the desperate struggle to save the majestic mountain gorilla in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
G4G works to assist Park Rangers whose “office” is often one of the most dangerous places in the world. Yet they have very limited resources and sometimes even work without pay to protect the wildlife – and the gorillas – they love. Over the last decade, more than 100 rangers have been killed whilst on duty in DRC. Nine lost their lives during 2004 alone.
The rangers work in five National Parks in DRC, all officially classified as ‘World Heritage Sites – in Danger’ by the World Heritage Committee. These five World Heritage Sites are the last refuge for many of the worlds endangered and threatened species. In eastern DRC, the Virunga National Park, is home to a host of rare wildlife, not least around half of the last remaining mountain gorillas. The gorillas are under intense threat – as are the rangers who work there.