By Sophia Kingsbury
Virunga National Park of the Congo is the main National Park of the country though after the war began in the 1990s, the amount of poaching has greatly increased. The passing soldiers have killed off a large amount of hippopotamus and elephants for bushmeat to eat and sell.
“Between July and October 2009, 508 hippopotamuses and 48 elephants were killed,” said Deo Mbula, head warden in the east of the Virunga National Park, where the animals group most often. “There are 308 hippos left. At this rate there will be none left in a month.”
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