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USFWS Wildlife Without Borders, Virunga Fund Inc. and the ABCG Present: Virunga

by Portal Web Editor last modified Apr 30, 2014 09:15 PM
Please join us for a new documentary about Virunga National Park by Orlando von Einsiedel.
When May 01, 2014
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Where Room 530, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
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Contact Phone +254-717-305848
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The film received great reviews upon its US premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last week (e.g., see http://bit.ly/1nWbr6v for a review from the Hollywood Reporter) and we hope many of you will join us for its DC premier at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) headquarters.

Established in 1925, Virunga National Park is Africa's oldest protected area. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 1996. Home to some of the last critically endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga's wildlife is under threat from numerous sources. Most recently, these threats are exacerbated by a UK company's contested oil exploration within park boundaries.

Virunga's rangers put their lives on the line on a daily basis. Over the last ten years, approximately 140 of Virunga's rangers were killed in the line of duty. The day before the new Virunga documentary was premiered in New York, Virunga's chief warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was injured by four bullets in an ambush. As Emmanuel recovers, we hope that the new documentary on Virunga will serve its purpose as a wakeup call to the world. If we are to save Virunga's wildlife, a global effort is needed to counteract the multitude of threats.

The USFWS's Wildlfe Without Borders program is a long-term supporter of Virunga's wildlife and wildlife heroes. We are piloting our Heroes of the Forest initiative to help support the widows and children of Virunga's fallen rangers. We look forward to hosting the DC premier of this important film and to welcoming J. Kim Chaix, the Virunga Fund Inc.'s Regional Director, North America, for a Q&A session after the film screening. Please join us on Thursday, May 1st from 9:00 am - 10:30 am (with a 30 minute optional Q&A session afterwards) to learn more about the situation on the ground in Virunga.

Click here for Huffington Post Op Ed piece, New Troubles at the Gates of Virunga, which was written by Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape town, and Howard G. Buffett, President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and posted April 27, 2014.

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