The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has decided to allow oil exploration in two protected wildlife parks, Virunga and Salonga.
Virunga national park is considered the most bio-diverse park in Africa. Mountain gorillas, bonobos, chimpanzees, elephants… live in these areas. Both parks are Unesco World Heritage Sites, with Salonga national park covering 36,000 sq km (13,900 sq miles) of the Congo Basin - the world's second-largest rainforest after the Amazon.
On the other hand the government of the DR Congo would be in negotiation to export protected species like gorillas and bonobos towards Chinese zoos.
Sad news for a region where a rare and endemic fauna and flora live. Everyday a lot of women and men work for the survival of these species.