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The Park of Rwindi (of the name of the important river which crosses it)is part of the immense National park of Virunga ("volcano" in Swahili) that covers more than 8000 km ² (a third of Belgium!).
Created in 1925 and called "Albert National Park" (the first Park in Africa), it had for objective the protection of the déjà-rare mountain gorillas.
It was then widened to protect the current zone, in the North of Goma, lining Rwanda and Uganda, including the very big Lake Edouard (ex Lake Albert then Lake Idi Amin), the Mountain Ruwenzori and three of the volcanoes of the region (Nyaragongo, Nyamulagira and Karisimbi). The height of the Park varies of 800m to more of 5000m! It was declared World Heritage.
In 1989 one listed there more than 200 sorts of mammals (among which about twenty threatened with extinction), more than 700 sorts of birds... It is to say the wealth of the Park!.
Regrettably its decline had begun especially in 1994 with the influx of more than a million refugees of Rwanda, who were nourishing on animals of the Park and decimated forests (10 000 m³ of wood used every day!).
the Park knew a dark period... The riots, the civil war and the general insecurity prevented the tourists from arriving there and so to supply the money necessary for its conservation. Infrastructures were not maintained any more, the guards were not paid any more and the regulations were contournables for plain money. Natural causes also: an epidemic of anthrax decimated more than 8000 hippopotamuses (a third of the population of the Park.

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  • Copyright: Mirari Mirarer (mirarer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 0 N: 603] (4751)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1989-07-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-01-14 3:39
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