Karema, a mountain gorilla’s, remains found dumped in human excrement pit

I’m extremely humbled by and welcome the cohesive comments shared by Paulin Ngobobo & Patty Hoaglund, on the on going tragedy of mountain gorilla killings in the Congo, it breaks my heart to share with you more upsetting news.

National Geographic News shares with us some words and pictures of the the killings, “Mountain Gorillas Eaten by Congolese Rebels.” They preface their piece with a disclaimer saying, “Warning: This story contains a graphic image that may be disturbing to some readers.” And with no doubts what you will see and read there is horrific, but, to those of us who have been tracking this news,what we read there is nothing new.

Instead, I am sharing with you an image because I do hope that this photograph will extend farther than what our community currently reaches out too. This tragedy is horrific. More people need to see this.

Karema, a dead mountain gorilla’s, remains.

The remains, including the head, feet, and skin, of a mountain gorilla called Karema were found recently dumped in human excrement in a pit latrine.

Karema is the second mountain gorilla killed and eaten by rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this month, raising fears that a mass slaughter of the critically endangered animals is underway.

Photograph courtesy WildlifeDirect

12 thoughts on “Karema, a mountain gorilla’s, remains found dumped in human excrement pit

  1. Thanks for letting us know Hans. Our email has been acting up, and we’re aware of it. I’m trying to fix it as of now.

    That’s a cool panorama, but I’m curious as to why you didn’t just comment to the Human Zoo post itself?


  2. Kambiz:
    Thank you for providing ongoing coverage regarding the Congo Mountain Gorillas.

    Atrocious acts are difficult for many to discuss; whether it is a blog comment, viewing photos, or even in conversation.

    The articles on Primatology .org are educational tools…which are inspiring others in spreading the word to help both the Gorillas and Rangers.


  3. The latest blog entry of Paulin Ngobobo’s meeting yesterday with Rebel Col. Makenga, indicated a positive note…

    Early next week , there will be an update on the habituated gorillas when Paulin and his Rangers return to their posts.

    Breakthrough: Rebel commander agrees to stop the shooting of gorillas after meeting

    “Yesterday we finally managed to have a meeting with one of Laurent Nkunda’s rebel commanders. This meeting was to discuss the gorilla killings and to explain that this has to be stopped. We set out with Rob Muir from Frankfurt Zoological Society at 0600 from Goma and teamed with MONUC Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Rajeesh Parmar at 0800. Then we picked up a convoy of 3 UN patrol vehciels and one UN military observer (Milobs) armoured vehicle and headed out for Jomba, one of the key gorilla sites close to the Uganda border where the rebels have their headquarters.”

    “Shortly after our arrival at 10.30 company of men came striding down the hilltop in camouflage gear – most of them carrying heavy weapons and rocket launchers. Quite a few were also carrying spears too. Myself, Rob, Lt. Col Parmar, Col Yav (of the Congolese army) met with Col Makenga of the rebel forces. Rob thanked MONUC for facilitating the meeting and thanked Makenga for agreeing to see us.”

    “I was then able to talk with Makenga and Yav for about one hour, explaining who the rangers were, what we were trying to achieve in the park, and how important it is to protect the mountain gorillas and other wildlife even during times of war. I requested access to the Patrol Posts in the gorilla sector so that my rangers could search for the gorilla groups and establish their status.”

    “Col. Makenga granted my request. The rebel commander’s pledge gives us some hope, and I will be carrying out our first patrols from Bikenge next Tuesday.”

  4. Sadly, this doesn’t shock or surprise me anymore.
    For my A Level Art project, i’m in the middle of making a life-size sculpture of a dead Chimpanzee (As a personal and political statement against all bushmeat) and during my research for this peice, my pc screen has been flooded with images as sickening and thought-provoking as the one above. I can’t understand how people could ever kill and eat great apes. To me, it would be like canibalism, i’d rather starve to death.

    I’ve only just stumbled across this site today and I think it’s wonderful. I hope to work with orphan Chimpanzees & Gorrillas in the future (but at this rate, there probably won’t be any left!) & it’s great to find so many like-minded people in one place.

  5. I am deeply saddened by these too often occurrences. As a young person interested in the protection and study of mountain gorillas, I am worried about the decline in population. I stumbled upon this photo, and thought, “Will they be here when I am old enough to do something about it?” I appreciate everyone who is helping to stop things like this from happening so I can grow up to see their amazing species survive. I still have a long ways to go before I can become a protector. Thank you again for releasing this photo to spread awareness.


  6. that is some sad stuff if they are endangered why on earth are those idiots kill them for meat they live in a place were there is plenty of other animals an to kill a gorilla is bad but to kill 5 of these beautiful animal is a shame i think if some thing is endagered in the states or any other part of the world it shoulkd still be endangered an illegal to kill because once it gone there is no coming back.

    yours truly mike jones

  7. wouldnt it be nice if we could kill these congolese rebels guilty of those slaughters? its the only way the bushmeat trade will slow down, its time to put some teeth into the laws protecting endangered animals, “an eye for an eye” !!!

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