Update on Crisis in DR Congo and Okapi Wildlife Reserve, June 26, 2012

Crisis in DR Congo and Okapi Wildlife Reserve- Update June 26, 2012 8:00 AM ET-
“FARDC (Congolese army) troops and Monusco (UN) troops are now in control of Epulu. The airstrip is being secured to allow helicopters to land. Once the army can assure the safety of OCP staff and ICCN rangers they will return to Epulu. Once we have credible reports from our staff from the site we will provide a summary of the situation and the damage done to the station. As far as we now know all of our staff escaped into the forest, the condition of the 14 okapi at the station is unknown at this time. We are setting up a fund to help the families of the deceased rangers and assist displaced staff and their families. We will provide an update on the situation as soon as we have first hand information on the extent of the damage done by the rebels.”

John Lukas
President
White Oak Conservation Center, Inc.
1615 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville FL 32204
904-860-4686

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