Virunga Foundation

Virunga Emergency Fund

Virunga National Park is one of the greatest natural treasures on Earth. Located in Eastern Congo, the park is home to unparalleled biodiversity including 1/3 of the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas. We need your help to protect these biological resources for the whole of humanity.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1111806)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


Congo, the Democratic Republic of the


Faced with coronoavirus, Ebola, and the increasing cycles of violence in the region, we have never been more worried about the future of the park. In April, the deadliest attack to date, 12 Virunga rangers lost their lives in a violent militia attack. The first, but unfortunately not the only attack this year. These threats impact our ability to protect the park. By building an emergency fund we can respond quickly in times of crisis and ensure our day-to-day operations are not at risk.


The emergency fund will support the park during times of crisis such as the 24th April incident, and the park’s closure due to the Ebola and coronavirus outbreak, which has had a significant impact on income.

  • Virunga National Park is unlike anywhere else on earth. This year has been the most challenging yet with Ebola, coronavirus, and increasing cycles of violence in the area posing multiple threats to the future of the park and the lives that depend on it.

    — Emmanuel De Merode