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(PHOTO: Getty)  Ten countries that are virtually off-limits to tourists:  3. Democratic Republic of Congo  Although it's not a dangerous as it used to be, getting past the red tape involved in visiting is almost as difficult as spotting one of the elusive mountain gorillas that live there.  You also often face the prospect of paying 'unofficial fees'.

Mountain Gorilla in the Virunga Mountains, Rwanda Make the most of the June sunshine to photograph gorillas in Rwanda © Piper Mackay / Getty Images Track gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo:  Covering an area of 790,000 ha, comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. Mountain gorillas are found in the park, some 20,000 hippopotamuses live in the rivers and birds from Siberia spend the winter there.

©Fauna Flora International / Juan Pablo Moreiras Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Just over 780 mountain gorillas remain in the world today. Two isolated populations survive, one in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south-western Uganda, and the other on the forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, straddling the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI), through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), is ensuring the survival of mountain gorillas and their shrinking afro-montane forest habitat in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

"It’s counter-intuitive, but I grew up at a time of a great poaching crisis in Kenya when the country lost half of its elephants. All the fundamental problems involved human behaviour. So I realised it was more valuable to study humans. The wildlife can look after itself – humans have to be managed." |  Emmanuel de Merode, director of the Virunga National Park, on being shot, losing his temper, and the bravery of rangers

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Andre Bahuma, a warden at the Virunga National Park, plays with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary in the park headquarters at Rumangabo in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 17, 2012.

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Andre Bahuma, a warden at the Virunga National Park, plays with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary in the park headquarters at Rumangabo in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on July

Gorilla blog: rangers protecting gorillas blog daily from DR Congo | Gorilla.cd

Gorilla blog: rangers protecting gorillas blog daily from DR Congo | Gorilla.cd

Gorilla blog: rangers protecting gorillas blog daily from DR Congo | Gorilla.cd

Gorilla blog: rangers protecting gorillas blog daily from DR Congo | Gorilla.cd

Gorilla blog: rangers protecting gorillas blog daily from DR Congo | Gorilla.cd

Gorilla blog: rangers protecting gorillas blog daily from DR Congo | Gorilla.cd

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