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Ugandan Rebels Kill Rangers in Garamba National Park

Article: Ugandan Rebels Kill Rangers in Garamba National Park

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – The headquarters of Garamba National Park in the village of Nagero, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was attacked Friday by the Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Despite resistance by park rangers together with elements from the Congolese Armed Forces, numerous casualties and material damages occurred. A…

Terror in DR Congo, Humans and Gorillas at Risk

Article: Terror in DR Congo, Humans and Gorillas at Risk

{Editor’s note: As fighting between the Congolese national army and rebel soldiers intensifies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the staff of the London-based Gorilla Organization in and around Goma city fear for their lives and the lives of the estimated 380 endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Henry Cirhuza is DR Congo program…

Gorilla Summit Puts New York Kids on African Front Lines

Article: Gorilla Summit Puts New York Kids on African Front Lines

NEW YORK, New York, September 25, 2008 (ENS) – The first Kids Gorilla Summit, which is happening on Friday in New York City will enlist young people to make a commitment to help endangered mountain gorillas and the people of Africa. The summit will explore the connection between the urgency of wildlife preservation and inter-related…

DR Congo Announces World's Largest Protected Wetland

Article: DR Congo Announces World's Largest Protected Wetland

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become the world’s largest Wetland of International Importance, officially recognized by the Ramsar Convention, a treaty protecting designated wetlands. A ceremony to announce the recognition of Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe as a Ramsar wetland is set for today…

African Rhino Numbers Rise, Yet One Type Sinks Into Extinction

Article: African Rhino Numbers Rise, Yet One Type Sinks Into Extinction

GLAND, Switzerland, June 17, 2008 (ENS) – Populations of most African rhinos are increasing as a result of conservation efforts, but one sub-species, the Northern white rhino, may already be extinct, the world’s most expert rhino specialists said today. Just four animals were counted in 2006, but none of these could be found during the…

Congo Basin Forests Saved by Government Action, Timber Certification

Article: Congo Basin Forests Saved by Government Action, Timber Certification

BONN, Germany, May 27, 2008 (ENS) – The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced plans to designate at least 50,190 square miles of the Earth’s second largest rainforest region as new protected areas. At present, nine percent of country, corresponding to 8,494 square miles, is conserved in various categories of protected…