The fragile month-long truce between rebels and DR Congo government forces has broken down again, leaving some of the world's last mountain gorillas scrambling to get out of the cross-fire.
On Friday and Saturday, rebel forces faithful to General Laurent Nkunda seized an area in Virunga National Park inhabited by the mountain gorillas, forcing wildlife rangers to flee for their lives again as they did in September.
The rangers had been monitoring and tracking the gorillas for their protection. Now the 18 gorillas that were being tracked are once again unprotected and unmonitored.
About 70 of these gorillas in 18 family groups have been habituated to human contact to allow visitors to enjoy a gorilla experience and local communities to benefit from tourism revenue. The conflict is taking place about 20 of kilometers (12 miles) from Goma, a city of 160,000 people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the northern shore of Lake Kivu.