Virunga National Park’s former Central Sector Warden, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, has been honoured with the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of the work he has undertaken to protect Africa’s oldest national park.
Whilst working at Virunga, Rodrigue put his life on the line and faced significant threats for the benefit of Virunga National Park and the communities it serves. Roridgue’s courageous work was documented in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Virunga.
The Park owes a huge debt of gratitude to Rodrigue for this work, which he is continuing at Upemba National Park in southern DRC.
Is it the brave and tireless work of rangers like Rodrigue that has helped Virunga National Park survive myriad challenges. Virunga’s rangers have one of the most dangerous jobs in conservation, and tragically over 150 of Rodrigue’s colleagues have been killed in the line of duty.