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2008-07-16 03:00:29

Text of report in English by Martin Tindiwensi entitled "United States to support mountain gorilla conservation" published by Rwandan newspaper The New Times website on 16 July Rubavu [western province]: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, Claudia A. McMurray, has said that her government will continue to support the conservation of the unique species of mountain gorillas found in the Virunga Mountains. McMurray said this while at a two-day...

2008-07-15 09:01:05

By Anna Stablum Poor men and women in Ghana, former militia fighters in eastern Congo and farmers in Peru are among those joining the ranks of illegal miners and risking their lives as they seek to profit from soaring gold prices. As a new gold rush spreads to the world's remotest corners, the face-off between illegal, small-scale miners and multinational companies has cost millions of dollars and claimed lives. Not all small-scale miners work illegally, but as international companies...

2008-05-02 16:05:00

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.In his classic novella "Heart of Darkness," Joseph Conrad's protagonist, Marlow, describes the Congo River as an immense snake "... uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land." A description that, while wonderfully evocative, is also a bit menacing. I am happy to report that my own experiences...

2008-02-13 09:03:44

Gorillas have been caught on camera for the first time performing face-to-face intercourse. Humans and bonobos were the only primates thought to mate in this manner. And while researchers have observed wild gorillas engaged in such an act, it had never been photographed. "Our current knowledge of wild western gorillas is very limited, and this report provides information on various aspects of their sexual behavior," said Thomas Breuer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary...

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2008-02-12 14:10:00

'Face-to-face' a first for endangered apesScientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have released the first known photographs of gorillas performing face-to-face copulation in the wild. This is the first time that western gorillas have been observed and photographed mating in such a manner.The photographs were part of a study conducted in a forest clearing in Nouabal©-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo that appeared...

2007-08-09 00:04:39

Six previous unknown animal species, including a new species of bat, were found during an expedition to the Democratic Republic of Congo this year. A Wildlife Conservation Society expedition found the six new species in a region of the African country that had not been explored by researchers in 47 years due to civil unrest, the BBC reported Wednesday. The discovery of the new bat species, along with a new rat species and two species of frogs and shrews, has researchers pondering what...

2006-08-28 15:18:31

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Monday formally charged a Congolese militia leader with enlisting children as young as 10 and forcing them to fight in the country's civil war in the first case at the International Criminal Court. Thomas Lubanga, who was delivered to the court from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March, was the founder and leader of one of the most dangerous militia in Congo's lawless northeastern district of Ituri, according to...

2006-08-26 10:44:54

By Francis Kwera JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels agreed on Saturday to leave their hideouts and assemble at two south Sudanese camps in a major breakthrough in efforts to end one of Africa's longest wars, mediators said. Under a deal with Uganda's government that commits both sides to cease all attacks and hostile propaganda, LRA fighters now have three weeks to gather at the two locations while talks continue to end their two-decade insurgency....

2006-08-23 11:59:27

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A truce ending clashes between followers of Congo's presidential election rivals brought a tense calm to Kinshasa on Wednesday and diplomats said more confidence building steps were needed to avoid further violence. U.N. and European Union peacekeepers patrolled the sprawling riverside capital to enforce a U.N.-brokered agreement reached on Tuesday between President Joseph Kabila's military commanders and fighters loyal to Vice-President...

2006-08-23 07:24:49

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and European Union peacekeepers patrolled Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday as a truce that ended three days of gun battles between rival political factions appeared to be holding. U.N. troops in armored vehicles guarded major intersections in the sprawling riverside city, which was quiet but still on edge after being shaken by artillery, rocket and machine-gun duels since Sunday. The fighting between President Joseph Kabila's...


Latest Congo Reference Libraries

Western Tree Hyrax, Dendrohyrax dorsalis
2012-10-01 17:43:06

The western tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis), also known as Beecroft's tree hyrax or the western tree dassie, is a mammal that is native to Central and West Africa. Its range holds many areas including Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. It prefers a habitat within moist savannah or rocky areas, as well as tropical and subtropical moist low-lying forests. Not much is known about this species habits, but some studies have...

Okapi, Okapia johnstoni
2012-10-01 08:48:10

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a species within the Giraffidae family that can be found in Central Africa. Its native range includes the Ituri Rainforest, which can be found to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This species is most closely related to the giraffe, despite its resemblances to the zebra. Its habitat varies slightly depending on the area of its range. It occurs in swamps in the southeast, montane forests in the east, savannahs in the north, and woodlands in...

2012-06-15 06:58:02

Symbol: HICL2 Group: Dicot Family: Malvaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Shrub Native Status: PR    N VI    N Distribution: HibiscusclypeatusL. distribution:USA+(PR, VI) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida...

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2008-10-18 12:24:29

The Gray-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides) is a species of bird found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

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2008-05-01 00:06:09

The Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus), also known as the ropefish or snakefish is a species of freshwater fish in the bichir family and order. It is the only member of the genus Erpetoichthys. It is native to West Africa, with its natural habitat stretching from Nigeria to the Congo. The Reedfish has a maximum total length of 36 inches. It lives in slow-moving, brackish, warm water, and it can breathe air using a modified swimbladder which it uses like a pair of lungs. This organ means...

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