Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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07.31.2018
Rangers Project
On #WorldRangerDay, we are so proud of the efforts of our rangers, who show dedication and resilience, despite the dangers they face.

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07.22.2018
Ephrem Balole, Manager of Virunga SARL, receives his PhD
Congratulations to Ephrem Balole, Manager of Virunga SARL, who received his PhD from the University of Kinshasa last week! Ephrem has been r...

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06.06.2018
Rangers Project
We are so proud that Jolie, one of Virunga’s female rangers, shared her story of what motivated her to become a ranger at the European Devel...

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06.05.2018
Fallen Rangers Project
Representatives from the Rumangabo Widows sewing workshop attended the European Development Days conference in Brussels, where they showcase...

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05.31.2018
Virunga coffee launches!
One for the coffee fans out there: every purchase of Higher Grounds' Kawa Kanzururu Coffee goes towards supporting the development work of V...

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05.31.2018
Rangers Project
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, and testament to the continued work of Virunga's Rangers in ensuring the protection of the species.

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02.13.2018
Fallen Rangers Fund
Children of the fallen Rangers playing in the child care center at the widows workshop! On-site child care reduces the initial stressors tha...

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12.05.2017
Fallen Rangers Fund
A total of 68 widows and 190 children of fallen Rangers, are now, thanks to the Fallen Rangers Fund, being offered financial support, education, and meaningful employment.

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09.11.2017
Rangers Project
Today, Park Rangers along with the Gorilla Doctors team successfully located the Rugendo group and removed a deadly snare from the arm of yo...

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07.30.2017
Rangers Project
Happy World Ranger Day! We are extremely proud and grateful to all our Rangers. These men and women are deeply committed to Virunga and ensu...

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07.29.2017
Rangers Project
Last week marked the completion of 5 months of incredibly tough training for Virunga's newest Rangers. 6500 applied, 81 made it through.

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01.12.2017
Fallen Rangers Fund
A beautiful selection of napkins made by the widows of fallen Rangers are on sale at Mikeno Lodge.

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Photo Credit: Brent Stirton; Logo Credit: David Shepard

Photo Credit: Adam Kiefer; Logo Credit: David Shepard

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: David Shepard

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: David Shepard

Photo credit: Orlando von Einsiedel

Photo credit: Brent Stirton; Logo credit: David Shepard

Explore Africa’s oldest and most biologically diverse protected area

Unlike anywhere else in the world, Virunga National Park contains some of the greatest national treasures on earth

About Virunga

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Stability through sustainable development in the eastern Congo

The Virunga Alliance is working to create an alternative economy that enables surrounding communities to benefit from the National Park

Virunga Alliance

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Meet the heroes who risk their lives to protect the Park’s wildlife and local communities

Rangers’ work is critical to the stability of the Park and the safety of the lives that surround it

Rangers Project

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Meet the orphan gorillas of Virunga’s Senkwekwe Center

The world’s only sanctuary caring for mountain gorillas separated from their families by poaching or conflict

Gorilla Orphan Project

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Virunga Foundation

The Virunga Foundation is a UK based charity founded in 2005, created to support the protection of the flora and fauna of the Park, as well as the local communities that live near Virunga’s boundaries. The Foundation holds the management contract for the Park.

Meet the Board of Directors

Jan Bonde Nielsen

Chairman of the Board, the Virunga Foundation

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Jan Bonde Nielsen has extensive business experience, with a career spanning infrastructure projects around the world. He has maintained a close connection with Africa throughout his life, playing an active role in the charity FARM-Africa since its foundation, and acting as director of the veterinary organisation, SIDAI.

François Xavier De Donnea

Member of the Board of Directors, Virunga Foundation

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François-Xavier de Donnea’s career began as Professor of Economics and Public management at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He became a Member of the Belgian Parliament in 1981 and served in the Belgian Government as Secretary of State for Development Cooperation and Minister of Defence. He has served as Mayor of Brussels and as Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region. In the Belgian House of Representatives he served successively, from 2003 until 2014, as Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Budget and as Chairman of the Committee on External Relations.

Joanna Natasegara

Member of the Board of Directors, the Virunga Foundation

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Joanna Natasegara is an award winning producer and impact producer. Joanna has experience in documentary filmmaking, having directed and produced documentaries covering social justice and politics. Her work is global in scope, collaborating with organisations and international leaders across the political spectrum, as well as the business, arts and philanthropic worlds.

Clare Back

Member of the Board of Directors, the Virunga Foundation

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Clare Back works with the private sector to deliver high-developmental infrastructure projects powering economic growth across Africa and Asia, and has supported the Virunga Foundation professionally for the past 10 years.

Virunga Fund Inc.

The U.S.-based charity, Virunga Fund Inc. (VFI), was created in 2007 to support the conservation efforts of Virunga National Park. VFI is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization.

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Shannon Sedgwick Davis

Member of the Board of Directors, Virunga Fund Inc.

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Shannon Sedgwick Davis is the CEO of Bridgeway Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to ending and preventing mass atrocities around the world. Established in 2000 as the charitable giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, the Bridgeway Foundation serves as a catalyst for peace and reconciliation in international communities suffering from oppression, genocide, and other human rights violations.

François Xavier De Donnea

Member of the Board of Directors, Virunga Fund Inc.

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François-Xavier de Donnea’s career began as Professor of Economics and Public management at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He became a Member of the Belgian Parliament in 1981 and served in the Belgian Government as Secretary of State for Development Cooperation and Minister of Defence. He has served as Mayor of Brussels and as Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region. In the Belgian House of Representatives he served successively, from 2003 until 2014, as Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Budget and as Chairman of the Committee on External Relations.

Nicholas P. Lapham

Member of the Board of Directors, Virunga Fund Inc.

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Nicholas Lapham is President of the BAND Foundation, a family philanthropy that supports natural resource conservation and epilepsy research in the United States and abroad. Nick previously held senior professional positions at World Wildlife Fund, African Parks Foundation, Conservation International and the United Nations Foundation.

Annette Lanjouw

Member of the Board of Directors, Virunga Fund Inc.

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Annette Lanjouw is the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Great Ape Program for the Arcus Foundation. She has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda on conservation and behavioural research of great apes from 1985 to 2005.