Virunga

I watched the documentary called Virunga last night, and really liked the film. Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), and the movie tells a little bit of their story. According to Wikipedia, “the park was created in 1925 by King Albert I of Belgium as the first national park on the continent of Africa. It was founded primarily to protect the mountain gorillas living in the forests of the Virunga Mountains…” So naturally, the mountain gorillas play a big part in the movie too.

I most appreciated the story of the caretaker of orphaned gorillas. One of the park rangers, however, has my favorite quote from the film.

     “All that could happen to me…”

     “I will accept it.”

     “I am not special.”