It is a tremendous blow, not only to the mountain gorillas hanging on for survival, but also of course for the communities living near the park. Just a year ago, Virunga was hosting record numbers of tourists, a lodge was built and local community projects were benefiting directly from the tourist dollars. To date 136 rangers have lost their lives protecting this unique environment. Please help the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by donating directly to Virunga National Park. I know Emmanuel de Merode the park director very well, and can guarantee that every cent of your donation will be used with utmost discretion.