Sunday, July 29, 2007
Newsweek on MSNBC.com has excerpts from an extensive interview with Dr. Richard Leakey in which he discusses the threat facing Congo gorillas and what the world can do to help. The feature also includes a slideshow of graphic images from the recent Mountain Gorilla killings which readers may find disturbing.
Richard Leakey is the founder of Wildlife Direct, a European Union-funded conservation organization based in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), works to protect the apes in Virunga park. A renowned paleontologist, Leakey’s tough antipoaching measures are credited with putting an end to the elephant slaughter in Kenya in the 1980s. He spoke by phone from Kenya to NEWSWEEK’s Scott Johnson about the recent slaughter of some of the endangered animals, the threat posed by the charcoal industry and what the international community needs to do next.Read on at MSNBC.com and in Newsweek magazine.