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Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas
Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2007 | TODD PITMAN

Posted on 01/17/2007 2:08:10 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas

Jan 17 3:31 PM US/Eastern

By TODD PITMAN

Associated Press Writer

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas, conservationists said Wednesday, warning they fear more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered in the lawless region.

Only about 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world, 380 of them spread across a range of volcanic mountains straddling the borders of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda in Central Africa.

One dismembered gorilla corpse was found Tuesday in a pit latrine in Congo's Virunga National Park, a few hundred yards from a park patrol post that was abandoned because of rebel attacks, according to the London-based Africa Conservation Fund. Another was killed in the same area on Jan. 5, said the group, which based its report on conservationists in the field.

The group blamed rebels loyal to a local warlord, Laurent Nkunda, for the latest killing. Nkunda is a renegade soldier who commands thousands of fighters in the vast country's east who have in recent years assaulted cities and clashed sporadically with government forces.

Silverbacks are older adult males and usually group leaders, though some are loners.

Paulin Ngobobo, a senior park warden, wrote an Internet blog about finding the latest remains.

"We've learned a lot: the gorilla had in fact been eaten for meat. His name was Karema, another solitary silverback that had been born into a habituated group _ meaning that he had grown to trust humans enough to let them come to within touching distance," Ngobobo wrote.

"We learned that the remaining gorillas are extremely vulnerable - the rebels are after the meat, and it's not difficult for them to find and kill the few gorillas that remain."

Ngobobo said the first gorilla reported killed had been shot by rebels and eaten.

"A local farmer was ordered to help the rebels collect the meat of the gorilla," Ngobobo said. "He told them that the meat was dangerous to eat, and immediately informed us."

Robert Muir of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, who accompanied Ngobobo, said: "We need to impress on Nkunda and his men that it is inexcusable to destroy national and world heritage of such critical importance. ... Now that we know that the slaughtered gorilla was eaten, the gorillas habituated for tourism are at extreme risk - and we are worried that more have been killed already."

The last remaining hippo populations in Congo are in Virunga and are also on the verge of being wiped out. Conservationists have blamed rebels and militias for slaughtering them, and say more than 400 were killed last year, mostly for food. Only 900 hippos remain, a huge drop from the 22,000 reported there in 1998.

Virunga park has been ravaged by poachers and deforestation for more than a decade. The 1994 Rwandan genocide saw millions of refugees spill into Congo, marking the beginning of an era of unrest, lawlessness and clashes between militias and rebel groups.

Mineral-rich Congo, which held its first democratic elections in more than four decades last year, is struggling to recover from a 1998-2002 war that drew in the armies of more than half a dozen African nations.

The job of protecting the country's parks falls on local rangers, and the risks are high. In Virunga alone, some 97 rangers have died on duty since 1996, the Africa Conservation Fund said.

On his blog, Ngobobo also described being shot at and beaten by the military, who he and other rangers were trying to persuade to stop cutting down the forest.

Richard Leakey, a conservationist credited with helping end the slaughter of elephants in Kenya during the 1980s, said: "The survival of these last remaining mountain gorillas should be one of humanity's greatest priorities. Their future lies with a small number of very brave rangers risking their lives with very little support from the outside world."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: africa; animalrights; bonappetit; bushmeat; congo; cookbook; dinner; environment; esa; gorilla; junglerecipes; weird
Yuk!
1 posted on 01/17/2007 2:08:12 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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On the Net:

Virunga Park Warden Paulin Ngobobo's blog,

http://www.wildlifedirect.org/gorillaprotection


2 posted on 01/17/2007 2:08:48 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
They misspelled guerrillas
3 posted on 01/17/2007 2:09:17 PM PST by CougarGA7 (Posting nonsense since 2001.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Rebels in eastern Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas, conservationists said Wednesday, warning they fear more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered in the lawless region.

The rebels need to go back to killing people so the liberals won't get upset.

4 posted on 01/17/2007 2:09:48 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter - a candidate who doesn't need infomercials to convince you he's a conservative)
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To: DogByte6RER

Tastes like chicken!


5 posted on 01/17/2007 2:10:08 PM PST by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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"Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas"...Now there's a paradox! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
6 posted on 01/17/2007 2:10:33 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Tarantulas

Beat me to it!


7 posted on 01/17/2007 2:10:40 PM PST by Romanov (Golytsinites = "Lenin's Useful Idiots denying Reagan's Legacy")
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One day your smooching with a chimp and then the next day you're eating them for supper... Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
8 posted on 01/17/2007 2:11:45 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

There's nothing going on in Africa that's not heartbreaking.


9 posted on 01/17/2007 2:12:17 PM PST by Spok
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To: DogByte6RER

monkey nuts?

10 posted on 01/17/2007 2:12:33 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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Guerillas eating gorillas? Sounds like backwards evolution! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
11 posted on 01/17/2007 2:13:04 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

An army travels on its stomach.

When the gorillas are all gone, the army will have to revert to eating other humans.

Good reason to retrieve corpses when the raid is over.


12 posted on 01/17/2007 2:16:06 PM PST by alloysteel (Proudly performing the feat of posting totally mindless responses to intelligent questions.)
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To: Tarantulas

From The Congo Cookbook:

Monkey bushmeat is commonly consumed in tropical Africa. Monkey meat is prepared fresh in rural areas. It is also smoked to preserve it and allow it to be sent to market in the cities. A common sight along rural roads is smoked whole monkeys for sale, tales tied to heads to make carrying handles. Fresh monkey meat is often cooked in a Tomato Sauce made from tomatoes, chile peppers, and onions. Smoked monkey meat can be prepared in a Tomato-Peanut sauce: Soak the smoked meat in water, then rinse and drain it. Fry tomatoes, onions, chile pepper, in hot palm oil. Add tomato paste and the monkey meat. Simmer until all is tender. Season with salt and pepper.

http://www.congocookbook.com/c0139.html


13 posted on 01/17/2007 2:21:28 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey Jane, pass the hot sauce.


14 posted on 01/17/2007 2:22:15 PM PST by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong.)
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To: Spok
There's nothing going on in Africa that's not heartbreaking.

It's been so, for as long as I can remember.

15 posted on 01/17/2007 2:26:29 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: DogByte6RER

The same people who are most offended by these guys killing and eating apes are generally the ones who believe in evolution. Wouldn't this be evolution at work - one species displacing another?


16 posted on 01/17/2007 2:26:39 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Dianne Fossi's turning over in her grave.
17 posted on 01/17/2007 2:28:45 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: DogByte6RER

Well, that'll get the anti-death peanlty crowd to change their minds if nothing else will.


18 posted on 01/17/2007 2:33:01 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DogByte6RER

B oh oh. H oh oh.


19 posted on 01/17/2007 2:33:14 PM PST by T.Smith
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To: appleharvey

Sorry. I mean Dian Fossey.


20 posted on 01/17/2007 2:34:09 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: DogByte6RER

Do they spank the monkey before they eat it?


21 posted on 01/17/2007 2:35:28 PM PST by pipecorp ( Al Lahsucks boat steersman hell)
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To: DogByte6RER
His name was Karema

Reminds me of a song "Corrina".. It should fit since the meat was loved by the natives.

22 posted on 01/17/2007 2:36:31 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: DogByte6RER
Robert Muir of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, who accompanied Ngobobo, said: "We need to impress on Nkunda and his men that it is inexcusable to destroy national and world heritage of such critical importance.

These loons are really funny when they get series.

23 posted on 01/17/2007 2:37:14 PM PST by elli1
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To: DogByte6RER

Hell, if I was hungry I would eat Uma Pemmaraju, au gratin.


24 posted on 01/17/2007 2:41:30 PM PST by lawdude (2006: The elections we will live to die for!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Does a Rebel Warrior pass a Gorilla in the forest? You bet your bippy!


25 posted on 01/17/2007 2:43:40 PM PST by lawdude (2006: The elections we will live to die for!)
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To: DogByte6RER

hmm... I wonder what spotted owls taste like...


26 posted on 01/17/2007 3:04:57 PM PST by greenthumbedislndr
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To: DogByte6RER

Tarzan: Chita come home for dinner...

Jane: But Tarzan, there's only places set for 2???!!!

27 posted on 01/17/2007 3:06:02 PM PST by Chinito (6990th Security Group, RC-135/Combat Apple, SEA Class of '68)
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To: Silverback

Yikes!


28 posted on 01/17/2007 3:35:53 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: greenthumbedislndr

A bit like bald eagle with a hint of snowy egret. /s


29 posted on 01/17/2007 3:36:16 PM PST by Oratam
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To: pipecorp
"Do they spank the monkey..." Looks like it.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

30 posted on 01/17/2007 3:42:37 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: DogByte6RER
Guerrillas eating gorillas. When they run out of gorillas, they can start in on rival guerrillas. It's dog eat dog out there.
31 posted on 01/17/2007 4:36:42 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: appleharvey

"I mean Dian Fossey."

Gorillas in the barbie?


32 posted on 01/17/2007 4:38:44 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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