We just went on a trip to several National Parks in the states, so the documentary Virunga was a feature that touched our hearts. Virunga was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and won more awards than all 4 of us can count on our fingers. What makes it special, amongst thousands of documentaries, is that it is for a worthy cause.
This documentary is about the struggles against government corruption and oil drilling to keep 200 of the 700 remaining mountain gorillas alive. However, to us it is just about the struggles to keep the Mountain Gorillas alive, since the rest is too difficult to understand. This is a must see feature about Africa’s largest and oldest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mountain Gorillas are in danger because of poaching, warfare and other grave reasons. In Virunga National Park there are only about about 200 left. Pretty sad when you think of it! Gorillas are the largest primates in the world and are from the Pongidae family. They are beautiful, large and powerful.
In our opinion this documentary is for those who love science, nature ,animals and people. Take a moment and see what is out there.
It’s an amazing world of science out there. Let’s go exploring!!
Photo By Dave Proffer (Susa group, mountain gorillas) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons