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Two New Wildlife Parks Created in Congo

by Pat Coate | September 25, 2006
"(My country depends on forest resources for economic development but is) deeply committed to biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management."
- Henri Djombo, Congo's minister of forestry economy and the environment

Ougoue-Lekiti National Park, Republic of Congo - The Republic of Congo will set aside up to 3,800 square miles (1 million hectares) of habitat teeming with elephants, chimpanzees, hippos, crocodiles, and some of the highest densities of gorillas on Earth for two new wildlife parks.

Society officials called the new protected areas an "extraordinary achievement" for the entire Congo Basin and an important addition to the country's protected-area network.

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