By Doug Cress, Coordinator of the Great Apes Survival Partnership. Virunga National Park warden Emmanuel de Merode seems almost apologetic when describing the ambush last April that left him hit by two bullets, including one that tore through his liver and broke four ribs. He returned the gunfire from the side of the road, then flagged down a motorcycle and later a vehicle as he straggled towards treatment. “After a few hours, you really start to stiffen up,” he said.