Grauer’s Gorilla caught in the crossfire of conflict

Grauer’s Gorilla aka the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). Image © The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

March 15, 2013 – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other world leading conservation organisations have joined together to fight for the survival of the Endangered Grauer’s Gorilla, also known as the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). Found only in the mountain and mid-altitude forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Grauer’s Gorilla is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies, and the largest primate in the world. “Conserving the remaining Grauer’s Gorilla populations, as well as chimpanzees in the area, requires a dynamic…

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More than 3 million hectares of Wetland habitats protected in Congo

Gland, Switzerland/09 October 2012 – With WWF’s support, more than three million hectares have been protected under the “Ramsar Convention” on Wetlands in the Republic of Congo.  With the three newly designated sites – Odzala Kokoua (1,300,000 ha, West Basin Division), Ntokou Pikounda (427,200 ha, Sangha Basin Division) and Vallée du Niari (1,581,000 ha, South of the Republic of Congo) – Congo now counts 10 Wetlands of International Importance, totalling 11.7 million hectares. Both, endangered species and surrounding communities, will benefit from this decision. The new sites are rich with…

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