ABSOLUTE PRIORITY! SAVE THE LAST MOUNTAIN GORILLAS! DO NOT SACRIFICE DIAN FOSSEY’S LEGACY!

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Covid-19 : ABSOLUTE PRIORITY! SAVE THE LAST MOUNTAIN GORILLAS! DO NOT SACRIFICE DIAN FOSSEY’S LEGACY!   

To international governments, WHO (World Health Organization), UN (United Nations Organization), IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), CITES Europe (Office of Impact Management on biodiversity), to all government and non-government organizations involved in the protection of biodiversity and to all citizens.

may 17, 2020

Because the last mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park are already severely threatened and classified as critically endangered by IUCN (1), because the medical staff and rangers responsible for their security have to face ONE NEW DEADLY SITUATION with the spreading of Covid-19, governments, It is imperative that government and non-government organizations rescue them!

Reminder : Mid-March, the various orders of international veterinarians informed animal health professionals that medical equipment from veterinary clinics could be requisitioned for hospitals in the event of large crowds… AND THIS IS ALREADY THE CASE IN ALL COUNTRIES FACING COVID-19!

Consequently, Mankind has reached the critical point and may lose the mountain gorillas forever, our closest relatives with whom we share 98% of our genetic code.

Another consequence of this terrible measure, the personnel of the Virunga National Park now find themselves totally idle, abandoned, despised by the international community which does not even respond to their glaring alertness of lucidity, while being forced to face an exceptional epidemic with unprecedented impact on the fragile survival of mountain gorillas who also have to face this deadly and highly contagious virus.

Consult the alert given on March 25 by Johannes Refisch, director and program coordinator at the United Nations Partnership for the Survival of Great Apes : "The virus behind COVID-19 threatens the conservation of great apes" ► https://www.companynewshq.com/coronavirus-news/virus-which-causes-covid-19-threatens-great-ape-conservation/

"There is an urgent need to take steps to reduce all of the threats to great apes if we are to prevent the disappearance of our closest relatives and the vital habitats associated with them on this planet", on April 1 Sabrina Krief, veterinarian and French primatologist raised the alarm in a UNESCO press release ► https://en.unesco.org/news/great-apes-and-covid-19-additional-threat-already-endangered-species

Reminder:
According to the last census carried out by researchers from CNRS and the University of Cardiff, the already alarming figure of the remaining population of mountain gorillas would range from 600 to 1000 individuals : Consequently, with the current upsurge in armed conflicts in Congo, with the destruction of their habitat, their poaching, and with the appearance of Covid-19, the last mountain gorillas are more endangered  than ever!

This new situation could seal their disappearance from our planet!

In fact, there are less than a thousand mountain gorillas in the world today, knowing that they only breed every 4 to 5 years; they would therefore have very little chance of surviving a new carnage due to Covid-19, a high intensity virus with a particularly violent fatality rate, which would hit their abnormally low demography. This leaves only a tiny hope as to the guarantee of being able to meet minimum genetic mixing needs for the regeneration of their subspecies.

In addition, an announcement was made on Friday April 17 by the WHO (2) which warned the international community about a possible rapid spread of Covid-19 in Africa, specially in rural areas: "There is a severe shortage of treatment facilities for critical Covid-19 cases in Africa", said in a press release Dr. Moeti, Regional Director of the World Health Organization for Africa ► http://french.xinhuanet.com/afrique/2020-04/10/c_138962481.htm

To this cruel lack of resources will inevitably be added a famine which will encourage poachers to commit more crimes and capture as many gorillas as possible in order to be able to supply the local markets with bush meat.

In addition, on April 24, 13 eco-guards from Virunga National Park were murdered in the line of duty.

This tragic event considerably weakens the fight we have been waging together for years to try to rescue and preserve the lives of these silver-backed lords who are the last mountain gorillas.

See our detailed article on this sad event (updated on May 12, 2020) "LA
PROTECTION OF MOUNTAIN GORILLAS UNDER THE SHOCK!" ► https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TIuL0Kn3j0mOMaxh11LOre9nqiwxHbNM/view

or

On our site ► https://mfpfrance3.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_10.html

YOU HAVE UNDERSTOOD, WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE LAST MOUNTAIN GORILLAS THAT DIAN FOSSEY HAS ASKED US TO LOOK AFTER WILL DISAPPEAR FOREVER!

Their days are numbered if we don't act together now!

The French Mission for Protection for Endangered Apes therefore fully supports the first aid program for health and conservation of mountain gorillas in Virunga Park, located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This park with exceptional biodiversity, which was created in 1925, has become the first African national park classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than a quarter of the mountain gorillas on the planet, or more than 200 individuals, live in this protected park, hence its major importance in the conservation of this subspecies of gorillas.

Besides, our MFP MEDICAL EMERGENCY CELL, also reserved for the nursing staff of the Virunga National Park with the very heavy responsibility of protecting and conserving the last mountain gorillas, urgently calls Washington Convention (CITES) signatory states (3) and IUCN partners for: 

● PCR biological tests, since it is the primary means of fighting the intrusion of Covid-19, as well as serological tests since it is also a question of being able to assess the immune defences of a Human or great ape facing Covid-19, and resuscitation curare;

● FFP2 masks, hydro-alcoholic gels, examination gloves, anti-contamination category III Type 3 coveralls, medical overcoats, protective glasses, visors, caps, medical over-shoes;

● Pulse oximeters, sphygmomanometers, electrocardiographs, sanitary containment tents, respirators, anaesthesia devices, electro stimulators, incubators;

● Calls for the creation of a support fund to finance a new patrol of 20 additional ICCN eco-guards due to the latest tragic events.

This new patrol with a first-rate role for the protection of mountain gorillas will support the missions of rangers already on site:

- Guarantee 24/7 surveillance and security of mountain gorillas divided into 6 families in the protected areas of Virunga National Park, fight against poaching and eliminate traps;

- Prevent the illegal production of charcoal which destroys the habitat of mountain gorillas;

- Protect and permanently locate the 6 families of gorillas in the care center, monitor alongside their caregivers their state of health and provide the health care essential for their already fragile survival.

This funding corresponds to the monthly payment for one year of salaries for each additional ranger (€ 150), food costs (€ 7/ day or € 210/month) and military equipment (€ 560), the defense weapons being provided by ICCN.

PLEASE SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO:
MFP EMERGENCY CELL Covid-19
Postal address ► 10, rue Antonin Blondin 10160 Aix-Villemaur-Pâlis, France
Tel. ► +33 7 49 26 01 69
e-mail ► mfpfrance3@gmail.com

ARE YOU A CONFIRMED CAREGIVER WITH GORILLAS?

JOIN US IN OUR MEDICAL EMERGENCY MISSION!

Contact us: +33 7 49 26 01 69 ( Mission : Central Africa )

YOU ARE A WORLD CITIZEN, BUT you don't have medical equipment and you want to help us get it from distributors?

JOIN US ON OUR WEBSITE https://mfpfrance3.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_10.html

 

Finally, be assured that through your solidarity commitment you contribute directly to the improvement of the protection of nursing staff and rangers, as well as to a better organization of care and protection of mountain gorillas.

Thank you for your attention and generosity, thank you on behalf of the nursing staff, the rangers and the mountain gorillas who can only rely on us! We trust you will consider our request.

 

Joachim Younès, president of the French Mission for the Protection of Endangered Apes 

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JOIN OUR EVENT on facebook "Virunga : The fight !"  ► https://www.facebook.com/events/850913415319992/

About us:

The MFP is a European organization dedicated to first aid and the host of non-human endangered primates. Our mission is to stop and reverse the process of degradation of species of primates in the world, endangered by poaching, smuggling, animal testing and animal exploitation in all its forms.

With its experience in first aid, our independent organisation has an operational network in many countries with programs dedicated to the protection of nature. Our skills in the field of primatology are recognized.

The philosophy of MFP is based on dialogue. Our goal is to seek cooperation for the implementation of concrete and lasting solutions all over the world.

For further information,

Contact us :

By phone ► + 33 7 49 26 01 69

By e-mail ► mfpfrance3@gmail.com 

By post ► Association MFP - Covid-19 / MFP emergency unit:

10, rue Antonin Blondin 10160 Aix-Villemaur-Pâlis, France

Documentation:

DIAN FOSSEY: Portrait ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqr9dzk0oYw   

DISCOVER the documentary film "A Love of Gorilla"

► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SJEu3Eno- A the video book, the exclusive and rare testimony of André Lucas, a naturalist and explorer who became a specialist in mountain gorillas in the 70s after an incredible encounter with Dian Fossey, on the edge of the Rwandan forest. In these mountains of Rwanda, he made contact with the most impressive primates on the planet, and found a reason to live: he dedicated his life to animal protection.

This man’s life is a fascinating story, full of adventure, tenderness and sincerity.
André Lucas left us to join the souls of his family on Friday, October 24, 2014. Animal protection, and more particularly mountain gorillas, lost a brother and a friend.

(1) IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature https://www.iucnredlist.org/

(2) WHO World Health Organization https://www.who.int/fr/about/who-we-are

(3) Washington Convention (CITES)

https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/what.php

(4) the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation https://whc.unesco.org/uploads /events/event-95-iccn.pdf 

© The Dian Fossey Gorilla International Fund

Sources:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla International FUND https://gorillafund.org/

News Afrique-XINHUANET.com http://french.xinhuanet.com/afrique/2020-04/10/c_138962481.htm

UNESCO https://fr.unesco.org/news/grands-singes-co v id-19-menace-supplementaire-especes-deja-menacees

United Nations https://www.unenvironment.org/fr/actualites-et-recits/recit/le-virus-lorigine-du-covid-19-menace-la-conservation-des-grands-singes

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Association law 1901 recognized of general interest Registration with the CITES secretariat - DREAL Grand Est, approval number FR00063539

Declaration at the prefecture - RNA W751181172

Siren n° 882444730-Siret n° 882 444 730 00015

Administrative authorization to open establishments for breeding animals of non-domestic species (PNH Non-Human Primates) Prefectoral Decree n° 2012221-0003 issued by the Prefecture of Aube.

Certificate of capacity for breeding animals of non-domestic species (Non Human Primates) n° 2013-07

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