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New monkey species discovered in Africa

A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, the first one in 28 years, say scientists.
"When we started our inventories in the [Tshuapa-Lomami-Lualaba] landscape we knew it was essentially unexplored but we did not imagine how important the biological discoveries would be,"
- Dr John Hart of the Lukuru Foundation, who led the project

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New monkey species discovered in Africa

Source: BBC, Wed September 12, 2012
A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, the first one in 28 years, say scientists.

Unsung heroes: the life of a wildlife ranger in the Congo

Source: MongaBay, Thu November 03, 2011
The effort to save wildlife from destruction worldwide has many heroes. Some receive accolades for their work, but others live in obscurity, doing good—sometimes even dangerous—work everyday with little recognition.

Gorilla population stages mild comeback in war-torn Congo

Story contains video Source: CBS, Sat April 16, 2011
For the last decade and a half, gorilla populations in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been victimized by the fighting between warring militia factions. But in a surprise finding, researchers say that a small band of Grauer's gorillas living in the highland sector of Kahuzi-Biega National Park grew to 181 members compared with 168 detected in the same sector during a 2004 census.

Oil exploration on hold in Virunga National Park—for now

Source: Mongabay, Sat March 19, 2011
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suspended oil exploration in Africa's oldest national park, Virunga, until a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is conducted. The move ends oil companies, Soco and Dominion's plans to explore for oil in blocs within the park that were awarded to the companies last year.

Mountain gorilla numbers soar

Story contains video Source: Vancouver Sun, Thu December 09, 2010
KIGALI -- The number of endangered mountain gorillas in national parks straddling three African countries has risen by 26 percent in the last seven years, a sign that conservation efforts are paying off, a census showed on Tuesday.

Bonobos opt to share their food

Source: BBC, Sun March 14, 2010
One of our closest primate relatives, the bonobo, has been shown to voluntarily share food, scientists report.

UN helps save chimps from volcano

Source: Sideways News, Thu January 07, 2010
Endangered chimpanzees and other wildlife in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being monitored by a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping aircraft following a volcanic eruption in Virunga National Park.

DR Congo gorilla numbers up 12.5%

Source: BBC, Tue January 27, 2009
The population of mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park has risen by 12.5%, a census shows.

Africa trade bust ‘biggest ever’ this article opens in a new window

Source: BBC, Mon November 17, 2008
Five African countries have worked with Interpol to arrest dozens of illegal traders and seize a tonne of ivory products.

Congo Basin passes 1 million ha milestone in swing to sustainable forestry this article opens in a new window

Source: ENN, Mon August 04, 2008
WWF today announced that more than one million hectares of Congo Basin forests have achieved certification under the world’s leading sustainable forestry scheme. The world’s second largest block of rainforests, the Congo Basin is a haven for indigenous peoples and endangered species like elephants and gorillas. It is also important in sequestering carbon and safeguarding water supply and quality.

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