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, volcanic range of mountains, E Congo, N Rwanda, and SW Uganda, central Africa, NE of Lake Kivu. It extends along the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley and separates the basins of the Nile and Congo rivers.
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This location lies at an altitude of about 1,600 metres (5,200 ft), on Rutshuru River, in the Virunga Mountains, close to the International borders with the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Rwanda.
KIGALI, Rwanda, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the foot of the Virunga Mountains, Northern Rwanda, thousands of villagers and tourists gathered to celebrate the birth of 18 mountain gorillas, just meters from the bamboo forest up the hills, reports KT Press from Rwanda.
The Virunga mountains which straddle Rwanda, DRC and Uganda are the only place in the world where one can see the rare mountain gorillas, of which there are only around 950 left in the world.
The first is found on the Virunga mountains of thethree countries and the second in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Uganda.
Overall, the genetic diversity of the Cross River gorilla population is comparable to two mountain gorilla populations in the Virunga Mountains and Bwindi National Park.
Just over half of those live in the Virunga Mountains, on the borders of three developing countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.
High-quality Rwanda Blue Bourbon coffee beans were grown in western Rwanda, on and around the Virunga Mountains, and in central Rwanda near Kigali.
On Saturday (June 21, 2008), at the foot of the Virunga Mountains in Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi, Dubai World Africa announced Platinum Sponsorship, the highest possible contribution to the cause of conserving and protecting the region where the mountain gorillas live and ensuring its future.
Poaching, human-transmitted diseases, habitat destruction, and decreasing biodiversity threaten the future of the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Mountains of Africa.
The gorillas were discovered when two poachers led authorities to the dead animals in the Virunga Mountains, a chain of extinct volcanoes straddling the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
Wake one morning with Gorilla, a young female in a band of mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga Mountains, and discover what her life is like.
Dian Fossey had yet to be murdered, and trekking into the Virunga Mountains to view mountain gorillas in the wild was an exhilarating experience.