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2014-06-10 20:21:13

LONDON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SOCO International plc (SOCO) has agreed with WWF in a joint statement to commit not to undertake or commission any exploratory or other drilling within Virunga National Park unless UNESCO and the DRC government agree that such activities are not incompatible with its World Heritage status. This was agreed jointly in mediation through the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines. We will complete our existing operational...

2014-04-29 16:23:50

LONDON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SOCO is aware of the inaccuracies concerning its activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo currently being circulated in the media by the Company's detractors. SOCO would like to make clear, as consistent with previous statements, that the only commitment at this point in time is to conduct seismic survey on Lake Edward, alongside environmental and social studies and social investment programmes. No drilling has been planned...

Guerillas Threaten Gorillas In Congo’s Virunga National Park
2012-05-15 11:47:17

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Heavily armed Congolese rebels taking refuge in their country´s Virunga National Park are placing endangered mountain gorillas under additional threat, according to conservation officials. The park is home to a large portion of the world´s remaining 800 mountain gorillas and park officials said that the situation means conservation efforts must be either modified or placed on hold. "We are deeply concerned with the safety of the mountain...

African Volcano Erupts With Impressive Show
2011-11-09 09:59:56

Africa´s most active volcano Nyamuragira, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, erupted last weekend throwing off clouds of ash and orange smoke, AFP reports. Located in the eastern areas of Virunga National Park, the volcano continues to erupt but was not considered a threat to locals or to the mountain gorillas living in the park, said Congo´s Center for Research and Natural Sciences. “A fountain of lava, smoke and ash came out of a fissure on the side” of...

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2010-04-08 07:17:12

A Congolese environmental protection group said that DR Congo troops illegally killed animals last month in Virunga National Park, including seven hippos and five elephants. Innovation for the Development and Protection of the Environment (IDPE) said that from March 3-28, government troops killed the hippos and elephants as well as five antelopes, four baboons, three chimpanzees and two buffalo. All hunting and fishing is banned in Virunga National Park, which is Africa's oldest park. ...

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2009-06-24 09:36:05

Militant groups in one of Africa's historic Congo national parks have killed several animals since the start of the year, officials reported on Tuesday. "Four chimpanzees were killed last week in the central zone and 11 elephants since the start of the year," park director Emmanuel de Merode told AFP. Additionally, de Merode said "a large number of game animals" have been killed. "At least 31 animals, including 11 migratory birds and three hippos were killed" between May 25 and June 16, NGO...

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2009-01-27 12:45:00

A new census count released on Tuesday showed the population of mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park has risen by 12.5 percent. Rangers from the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN) conducted more than 128 patrols during the eight-week census. They found that about 211 of the great apes were estimated to be currently residing in Africa's oldest national park, with 81 new arrivals now living there permanently. ICCN gorilla monitoring head Innocent...

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2008-11-10 16:27:33

Park officials in East Congo said on Monday that conflict has put more than a quarter of the world's last mountain gorillas at the mercy of armed groups who hunt and camp in their territory.  The gorillas now face even greater extinction because no rangers are left to protect or care for them. Recent conflicts between Tutsi rebels and the government army and militia allies have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, which is home...

2006-06-08 19:08:04

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Delighted conservationists said on Friday that they had found conclusive proof of the existence of a rare giraffe-like creature in Congo's Virunga National Park that has defied the odds of survival in a region battered by savage conflict. First discovered in what is now Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1901, the shy forest-dwelling okapi had not been found in the park since 1959. It was known to be present elsewhere in...

2006-06-08 19:05:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Delighted conservationists said on Friday that they had found conclusive proof of the existence of a rare giraffe-like creature in Congo's Virunga National Park that has defied the odds of survival in a region battered by savage conflict. First discovered in what is now Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1901, the shy forest-dwelling okapi had not been found in the park since 1959. It was known to be present elsewhere in the Congo,...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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