The Last Chance for Animals (LCA) annual star-studded fundraising gala honoring notable animal activists will feature a spectacular African-theme in celebration of the “Albert Schweitzer Award” honorees: Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of theVirunga National Parkin the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Anthony Caere, Head of Virunga’s Air Wing Unit. The gala will benefit LCA’s efforts to support the rangers at Virunga National Park and its’ critically endangered mountain gorilla population. Defending the park and its’ inhabitants from poachers, militants, and environmental exploitation is an on-going battle for Virunga’s rangers who risk their lives daily to protect part of the less than 900 mountain gorillas remaining in the wild. In the past decade, over 150 rangers in Africa’s oldest park have been murdered in what is considered the most dangerous conservation job in the world. The “Philanthropist of the Year” award will be given to philanthropist and producer Cindy Landon.