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Virunga National Park, Congo

Virunga National Park (covering an area of 790,000 hectares) comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. Mountain gorillas are found in the park, some 20,000 hippopotamuses live in the rivers and birds from Siberia spend the winter there.Because of political conflict in Congo, threatening much of the wildlife, Virunga National Park has been on the Heritage at Risk List since 1994.

Virunga National Park (covering an area of 790,000 hectares) comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. Mountain gorillas are found in the park, some 20,000 hippopotamuses live in the rivers and birds from Siberia spend the winter there.

Political conflict in Congo poses a critical threat to much of the country's wildlife. Because of this, Virunga National Park, (along with the four other national parks in Congo), has been on the World Heritage at Risk List since 1994.