News that Soco will stop exploring for oil in Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga, is a monumental win for conservation and for the people who depend on the park. Virunga is home to astounding biodiversity and rare wildlife, like critically endangered mountain gorillas.
A major victory in the campaign to stop oil exploration in Africa’s Virunga National Park—home to more than half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Thanks to a complaint filed by WWF, the company exploring for oil will be examined for alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights related to its operations in Virunga.
One of the largest oil and gas development companies in the world, Total SA, has committed to keeping out of all natural World Heritage Sites around the globe, including Virunga National Park. But one company that is not respecting World Heritage status is Soco International PLC, which plans to continue to explore in Virunga - home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.
Virunga is home is Africa's oldest national park and the greatest variety of wildlife on the continent. But there’s a real chance it could become its newest oil field. Some places are just too precious to be exploited in this way. Please help us and take action now.
A population increase for mountain gorillas is proof that the intense and innovative efforts of the conservation community are bringing positive change. A recent census by the Uganda Wildlife Authority identified 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park bringing the overall population estimate to 880, an increase from the 786 estimated in 2010.