Wildlife Ranger Murdered in Congo
This chief warden was not the first ranger to have been killed in Congo by such groups of people. Thus, it seems that over 120 others have been killed while out on patrol in Congo's national parks over the past decade.
20th December 2012
Atamato Madrandele 1969 - 2012:
The Chief Warden of Upemba National Park was killed Sunday after being ambushed by members of the Mai-Mai militia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Atamato Madrandele was returning to the park’s headquarters on his motorcycle when he was ambushed and shot. He was 43.
Mai-Mai rebels have been linked to the killing of six people last June at the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Epulu in response to a crackdown on elephant poaching and illegal gold mining. Fourteen rare okapi, a kind of forest giraffe, were also killed. In October, the Mai-Mai attacked a ranger patrol, killing two park staff and a soldier. More than 120 park rangers have been killed in the Congo over the past decade.
Madrandele leaves behind a wife and two children. Gorilla.cd is asking for contributions to provide for the family.
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