Back in 1935 the Parc National d’Odzala was established in the Republic of Congo. It’s one of the oldest national parks and it’s vital to the survival of elephants and gorillas in Africa.
Nearly a decade ago the park suffered some extremely traumatizing events. Between 2003 and 2005 the dreaded Ebola virus infected the gorilla population in Congo. Over just two years, the Ebola virus managed to wipe out nearly 95% of all the gorillas living in the 13600 km² of the Odzala park. Almost all of the 20,000 became infected by the deadly virus, and the unfortunate events also triggered a period of neglectfulness among the officials.
Fortunately, the park was able to recover from the Ebola virus and the events that followed the gorillas’ wipe-out. Nowadays the creatures are expanding their populations and the park is still open for tourists.