Six mountain gorillas are found murdered, execution-style, by gunfire, in Virunga National Park. By chance, photojournalist Brent Stirton is there on assignment and he documents the scene. His photographs of the lifeless male silverback and his family are transmitted around the world. And the world responds in disbelief. Only an estimated 700 of these primates remain in the wild and now there are six fewer. In the end, one man will be falsely accused of the crime, one will stand trial and one will hold the park – and the remaining mountain gorillas that live there – hostage. The park rangers are the unsung heroes. Sworn to protect the park, they are a band of men outnumbered and out-armed by violent forces bent on erasing the natural resources that Virunga envelops. Namely, trees. Hardwood is transformed into charcoal, virtually the sole source of fuel for the hundreds of thousands of people who live there. It is a $30 million business that men will kill to protect.
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