SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

January 18, 2007 21:50 ET

Group Condemns Endangered Mountain Gorilla Killings

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Rebels in eastern Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas and officials fear that more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered. Approximately 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world; 380 of them are in the mountains straddling the borders of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda in Central Africa.

Chris DeRose, President and Founder of Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a non profit animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, having just returned from studying the mountain gorillas in Africa, condemns the senseless killing. Last year LCA's supporters rallied to raise money to provide rangers in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Nation Park with much-needed handheld radios to aid them in protecting the gorillas. LCA vows to continue spearheading the fight to save these majestic animals.

"The mountain gorillas are some of the most magnificent animals in the world. The day I arrived in Uganda, a baby gorilla was born. During the troubled labor, an older, more experienced, gorilla acted as a midwife, helping and adjusting the head to work the baby out of the womb. After delivery, she gently handed the baby to the new mother. Later, four of the extended gorilla family sat around the new baby and looked upon the newborn in what appeared as amazement. It was truly awe inspiring and strengthened my resolve to stop these animals from perishing from the earth. The recent story of the murdered gorillas should be a call to action for every person interested in conserving one of the most endangered animals in the world. To think that rebels are killing them, much less eating them makes me sick to my stomach," says DeRose.

Chris DeRose has done over 10 treks with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda and has extensive footage of each of the families he has visited. If you have any questions, he is available at 310-271-6096 x27. Go to www.lcanimal.org to find out how you can help in the fight to save the mountain gorillas. (Visit http://premium.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/01/17/Congo.gorillas.ap/index.html for the original story)

Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. LCA was the subject of the recent HBO documentary, "Dealing Dogs." LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal.org.

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