Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is an amazing natural reserve. It has an incredible diversity of habitats, including swamps, snowfields, lava plains and volcanoes. But, it's under attack from all sides.
The rangers in the iconic Virunga National Park protect one of the world's remaining mountain gorilla populations. But with more than 100 fatalities since the park was founded, it is not a job for the fainthearted.
The zoo said Colo was an "ambassador" for gorillas and inspired conservation efforts. She was the first zoo-born gorilla in the world.
A former child soldier and a Guatemalan evangelical pastor are among this year's winners of the prestigious award, which recognizes activists from each of the world's six geographic regions.
Bebac was diagnosed with heart disease nearly nine years ago. Fellow gorilla Mokolo is now all alone.
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