More than18,000 people call the Lac-Télé Community Reserve in northeastern Congo home. These remote populations largely rely on the land and the park's natural resources for their survival and livelihoods.
The area is home to the world's largest gorilla populations and provides important habitat for other forest species. The reserve is managed by the Ministry of Forestry Economy and Sustainable Development (MEFDD) in partnership with WCS Congo, through funding from USAID’s CARPE program. Commercial hunting and wildlife trafficking are currently the biggest threats to the areas wildlife. To tackle these threats, WCS Congo in partnership with the Government of Congo are recruiting and training rangers to patrol and protect the landscape and its wildlife, and the livelihoods of the local communities inhabiting the reserve.