This Sunday, as we look back on Anderson's reporting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it's still Wednesday, October 4, 2006 and with John Roberts holding down the anchor desk in NYC, Anderson is live in Rutshuru, Congo. First he promotes an upcoming story that he shot on September 30th, when he was still in Goma, at the Diann Fossey Gorilla Center ~
And the report ~
COOPER: Central Africa is home to several species of gorillas, all of which are endangered right now. Animal conservationists have their work cut out for them trying to save these gorillas.
Not only is their natural habitat disappearing; the young gorillas, the baby gorillas, are regularly snatched by poachers who sell them on a thriving black market, often killing the entire family in order to snatch the baby.
I met with some of those on a mission to rescue orphaned gorillas.
COOPER: It's not just the gorillas. Other creatures from this region need protection, as well. Illegally captured animals are ending up in pet stores in the United States and even in specialty butcher shops. Conservationists and wildlife expert Jeff Corwin talks to us about the animals at risk, next on this special edition of 360.
COOPER: After years of war here in the Congo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and need for land and need for food on the part of many people here, a number of species of animals are under threat. We've been looking at gorillas tonight, but it is not just gorillas.
Animal conservationist and wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin came in and showed us some of the other animals at risk now in this area.
COOPER: I know you probably think that that's happening here in the Congo has little to do with your daily life, but you're wrong. You probably don't realize it, but you're carrying a piece of the Congo with you wherever you go. If you're using a cell phone, if you're using a laptop computer or your child's PlayStation. Minerals mined the Congo wind up in just about every cell phone that's being manufactured right now.
You're going to see how the demand for those minerals is fueling part of the violence here and causing, in many ways, some of the problems here. Problems that really shouldn't exist at all. We'll have that coming up in the next hour of 360.
Next week we'll the minerals story and more from the second hour of AC360 from Rutshuru, Congo on October 4, 2006. Until then...... Wonz.