African Golden Cat sighted in Virunga National Park Congo
African Golden Cat sighted in Virunga National Park Congo: After the recently concluded Wildlife Ranger challenge that was conducted in Virunga national park, more news coming in from the oldest national park of Africa is the sighting of an African golden cat which was sighted on the camera trap set up high in the Rwenzori mountain ranges. The African Golden cat is an endemic west and central African species whose presence has been threatened by the high deforestation and poaching cases in the regions. The African golden cat is listed by the IUCN under the vulnerable (nearly threatened) species. It is closely related to the caracal and the serval cat and is a carnivorous animal.
The African golden cat now joins the number of wildlife spotted in the Virunga national park Congo. The species of Virunga national park include the famous but endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, okapis, hippos in the Lulimbi wildlife sector of Virunga national park Congo, also forest and savannah elephants have been spotted in the park and these can also be visited when you book yourself a Congo safari to Virunga national park.
The Wildlife ranger challenge of Virunga was in a bid by the ranger guides to raise funds or the rangers and the wildlife of the park. A team from Virunga national park and Emmanuel took on a hike to the Rwenzori mountains summit. The major aim for this challenge was to get enough money to push the operations stopping and clearing the snares that poachers set for the gorillas which has been an existent challenge in the gorilla sector. Recently in the beginning of September 2020, another baby gorilla was found struggling for his life after being caught in a steel cable snare.
The rangers along with a team of vets were able to get to him in time to set him free from the trap but it is a matter of time before the Virunga park Congo loses another gorilla to these selfish traps set by poachers for game meat thus the need to keep desnaring the park premises. Some financial report has been received from the European Union (EU) and the Scheinburg Relief Fund who have also promised to add 25% to every dollar received in alignment with this cause up to 25,000 USD.
Rangers all around Africa have united to raise money towards this cause. The last Virunga Wildlife Ranger challenge set out on the 3rd of October 2020 where there were a few activities like a half marathon where a few individuals “ran for wildlife” and also Alexi and Emmanuel took on the hike up to the Margherita peak of Mount Rwenzori which completed their Wildlife ranger challenge. The margherita peak is the highest point of the Rwenzori mountains at an altitude of 5,109 meters and this makes it the highest mountain in both Uganda and Congo. This hike up mount R
wenzori started in the Virunga national park on the Congo side of the mountain as the Rwenzori mountain lies on the border of both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to come to DR Congo to explore the beauty and see the different animal species in the park and also get a deeper insight on the programs being run at the park.
Virunga national park Congo is also famous for the great number of birds species that in total surpass the total number of birds found in the entire United States of America and the United Kingdom as well. Visit the Congo gorillas on your Congo tour to Virunga national park.