As the USA Ambassador Hammer visited democratic republic of Congo ‘s famous kahuzi biega national park which is known to be the home for the endangered Eastern Lowland gorillas, as the visit was aimed at promoting the tourism in the region .
The United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Mike Hammer traveled to Butembo, Bukavu with the enjoyment of gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National park, Bisie and Goma March 8 to 13 as past of his mission to find ways to best strengthen relations with all regions of the DRC, including specifically discussing in the Eastern DRC ways for improving security, reviewing the ongoing efforts to stop Ebola, and spurring economic and social development. Close cooperation between Congolese and Americans can contribute to a more prosperous future for the DRC.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park is a protected area near Bukavu town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is situated near the western bank of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. Established in 1970 by the Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver, the park is named after two dormant volcanoes, Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega , which are within its limits.
With an area of 6,000 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi), Kahuzi-Biega is one of the biggest national parks in the country. Set in both mountainous and lowland terrain, it is one of the last refuges of the rare species of Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), an endangered category under the IUCN Red List. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed in 1980 for its unique biodiversity of rain forest habitat and its eastern lowland gorillas.
“Among my top priorities as U.S. Ambassador to the DRC is to meet and learn from as many Congolese as possible from all sectors and walks of life,” said Ambassador Hammer. “I want to directly hear from the Congolese, by meeting them and through conversations on social media – how should US partner to advance a better future. I aim to work with President Tshisekedi and a new DRC government to promote the peace and prosperity that Congolese deserve. Understanding the aspirations of the Congolese is the first step to achieving that goal.”