Tristan McConnellJanuary 7, 2013 06:00
RUMANGABO, Democratic Republic of Congo — The task of protecting the gorillas of Virunga National Park might be the toughest job in conservation. A force of 270 rangers, a well-equipped paramilitary outfit trained over the years by British and Belgian Special Forces, patrols the 3,000-square mile expanse. These are no Yogi Bear-style Ranger Smiths. They carry AK-47s, belt-fed machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.