Armed insurgents infiltrated the Volcanoes National Park, which straddles Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, this week, killing four gorillas and selling the bodies for meat in a nearby market.
The killings overshadowed this year’s gorilla-naming ceremony — welcoming 31 baby gorillas into the world — held yesterday in Rwanda in the presence of President Paul Kagame.
Rosette Rugamba, of the Rwandan Tourist Board, hastened to reassure visitors that gorillas and tourists on her side of the border were safe. “Experienced National Park guards ensure the security of our gorillas night and day,” she said. “That continues to be our top priority.”
There are just 650 mountain gorillas left — a third of which live in the Volcanoes National Park.