AFP 2012-07-17 20:45:52 -
A Virunga National Park ranger from the Congolese Wildlife Authority (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, ICCN) stands in a banana plantation in Katale at the edge of the Virunga Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 17, 2012. The ICCN is responsible for patrolling the national park, which is home to approximately 210 mountain gorillas, around a quarter of the world's remaining population. M23 rebels now occupy Rumangabo and several other locations within Africa's oldest national park, which is also affected by other armed groups. "Most of the park is affected by conflict of some sort or another" says Emmanuel De Merode, Director for Virunga National Park. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE
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