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SOS Virunga

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On 11th June 2014 SOCO announced that it will leave Virunga National Park and remain out of all other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Government champions, communities within DRC and supporters worldwide joined together to help remove this immediate threat to Africa's oldest national park.

Now we must continue to work together to ensure the park remains free from future threats. You can still show your support at http://www.wwf.org.uk/virunga

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Films in this playlist celebrate the natural wonders of Virunga National Park in Africa but also highlight the threats that this amazing place faces.

When we heard UK oil company Soco might explore for oil inside Virunga, we had to draw the line. Some places are just too precious to exploit.

If you agree and want to find out more you can help us draw the line at http://www.wwf.org.uk/virunga

The Congo basin is a total of 3.7 million square kilometers and is home to some of the largest, undisturbed areas of tropical rainforest on the planet, in addition to large wetlands. Within this basin, Virunga National Park stands out as one of the world's greatest wonders - which is why it's a World Heritage Site. The park's geography ranges from savannah to forest and mountains, some of which are volcanic ('Virunga' is in fact the English version of the local word for volcano).

The park is 7,800 km2 (about three times the size of Luxembourg) and home to a huge number and diversity of species -- for instance over 700 types of bird, which is more than in the whole of the UK. Virunga National Park is justifiably famous for its critically endangered mountain gorillas, but there are actually 22 different primate species in the park, as well as hippos, elephants, lions and okapi (the animal that look like a cross between a zebra and a giraffe). In fact, the okapi are only found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - which makes protected space like this park even more special.
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