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As students in some of my geography classes know, Virunga is the oldest national park in Africa and home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla, among other species. Located on the far eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Virunga has long been threatened by poachers, occasional armed militias operating in the area, illegal charcoal production, and the discovery of oil within the park. In light of a recent spate of violence targeting primarily park rangers, Virunga announced that it will be closed until 2019 to evaluate how the park can ensure the safety of rangers and tourists. www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/04/virunga-national-park-congo-closes-tourists-2019-security
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