News from the Natural World: Shocking Virunga killings draw swift comments from royalty – Gorillas see red mist.The devastating news that six rangers were killed in an ambush in Virunga National Park, DRC, has already attracted royal commentary. The Duke, known to be a strong supporter of rangers and personally invested in African conservation, made the following initial statement. “The horrendous attack on the staff here at Virunga is abhorrent, and I condemn those responsible in the strongest terms.” Speaking from home, surrounded by his family, The Duke elaborated further. “I think rangers are fantastic, Virunga wouldn’t exist without them. I very much doubt I’d have come to have this family without the rangers, maybe I wouldn’t even be here.” At this, his Highness looked sad, and his deep amber eyes sunk momentarily to the floor before he stretched out of his nest for a piece of bamboo. “Seeing our cousins killed always upsets me,” said the royal, gesturing with the shoot for emphasis. “They were probably people I’d met, but they were certainly very young for such excellent primates, and they will leave families behind. I can’t imagine how terrible that must be for them. Some of the Virunga staff work with those of my people that lose their own families; the ones who can’t go on, or are too badly injured to fend for themselves. I’d like to offer to help in some way, but I’m always being told that my presence near the villages may actually put people at increased risk.”
News from the Natural World: Shocking Virunga killings draw swift comments from royalty – Gorillas see red mist.