Friday, 23 March 2012

The Nouabale-Ndoki National Park Congo

Great News! The Republic of Congo (ROC) has just expanded the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to include the Goualougo Triangle, expanding deeper into the rainforest to protect great apes. The expansion is a demonstration of an increasingly positive relationship between conservation organizations, Congolese Industry and the ROC government.

The Goualougo is a very dense, swampy forest that is home to a nearly pristine and untouched great ape population that was first discovered in 1989 by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists. The inspiration for the expansion came from studies of the area's chimpanzee and great ape populations, conducted by WCS as part of the Goualougo Triangle Great Ape Project. An effective buffer zone was created surrounding the park for which concessions were made by Congolais Industrielle des Bois which gave up its legal right to harvest timber from the Goualougo Triangle.
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