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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...

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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...

2008-07-15 09:00:45

Text of report by Rwandan news agency RNA Kigali, 15 July: As conservationists in Virunga park struggle to protect the forests that are home to the much prized gorillas, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda [FDLR] Rwandan- backed rebels in DRCongo also want to make charcoal from cutting down the trees, as a recent encounter revealed. Conservationists with organizations such as Wildlife Direct report that the park's dense forest is rapidly being depleted of its trees to...

2007-12-10 06:00:00

The world's largest spitting cobra has been discovered in Kenya, according to a conservation group, WildlifeDirect. The newly described snake species, which measures up to 15 feet long, was named Naja Ashei after James Ashe, founder of a snake farm on Kenya's coast where the cobra is found. "A new species of giant spitting cobra is exciting and reinforces the obvious -- that there have to be many other unreported species but hundreds are being lost as their habitats disappear under the...

2005-09-12 09:57:46

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An aerial survey shows what was once the world's largest hippo population in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being poached to extinction, conservationist group WWF International said on Monday. "Hippos are being killed by soldiers and local militia, as well as local poachers. Hippos can be bought for around $50, and hippo canine teeth often end up as part of the illegal ivory trade," the WWF said in a statement. The hippo population in Congo's Virunga...

2005-09-12 09:55:00

JOHANNESBURG -- An aerial survey shows what was once the world's largest hippo population in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being poached to extinction, conservationist group WWF International said on Monday. "Hippos are being killed by soldiers and local militia, as well as local poachers. Hippos can be bought for around $50, and hippo canine teeth often end up as part of the illegal ivory trade," the WWF said in a statement. The hippo population in Congo's Virunga National Park in the...


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