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Jul17

Raise of Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permits a direct Boost for Gorilla Conservation?

Monday, 17 July 2017 Hits 7839 Categories Great Apes

Raise of Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permits a direct Boost for Gorilla Conservation?

The Rwanda Development Board’s (RDB) decision to double price of Rwanda gorilla permits from USD 750 to USD1500 has been received with mixed feelings from local and international tour operators, conservationists and also the people of Rwanda. Many looked at the gorilla permits increase as a gamble that is bound to fail in the near future and killing the tour businesses. Rwanda has been selling gorilla permits higher than Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a decision to double these already higher prices looks like Rwanda is becoming too ambitious and greedy?

 

Jan19

Impending extinction of the world’s primates due to human activities; immediate global attention is needed to reverse the trend

Thursday, 19 January 2017 Hits 13202 Categories Wildlife News | Great Apes

Impending extinction of the world’s primates due to human activities; immediate global attention is needed to reverse the trend

Nonhuman primates, our closest biological relatives, play important roles in the livelihoods, cultures, and religions of many societies and offer unique insights into human evolution, biology, behavior, and the threat of emerging diseases. They are an essential component of tropical biodiversity, contributing to forest regeneration and ecosystem health. Current information shows the existence of 504 species in 79 genera distributed in the Neotropics, mainland Africa, Madagascar, and Asia. Alarmingly, ~60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction and ~75% have declining populations. 

Oct15

Wild Chimpanzee Mothers Teach Young To Use Tools, Video Study Confirms

Saturday, 15 October 2016 Hits 11107 Categories Wildlife News | Great Apes

Wild Chimpanzee Mothers Teach Young To Use Tools, Video Study Confirms

The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, according to new research from anthropologists at Washington University in St. Louis.

Apr30

2015 Winners of the Environmental Award KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis are Emmanuel de Merode and Pavan Sukhdev

Thursday, 30 April 2015 Hits 4837 Categories Wildlife News | Great Apes

2015 Winners of the Environmental Award KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis are Emmanuel de Merode and Pavan Sukhdev

The German foundation KfW Stiftung has split the environmental award KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis 2015 and the prize money of 50,000 euros, awarding one half to Emmanuel de Merode, director of Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the other half to the scientist and economist Pavan Sukhdev.

Apr08

Declining Great Apes of Central Africa Get New Action Plan for Conservation for the Next Decade

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 Hits 3971 Categories Wildlife News | Great Apes

Declining Great Apes of Central Africa Get New Action Plan for Conservation for the Next Decade

The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease, combined with a widespread lack of law enforcement and corruption in the judicial process, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, and partners in a new conservation plan.

Oct15

New protected area established for world's rarest ape, the Cross River Gorillas in South West Cameroon

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Hits 9361 Categories Great Apes

After 10 years of conservation action and preparations, Prime Minister of Cameroon Philémon Yang has signed a Decree to officially create Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in South West Cameroon. Besides the critically endangered Cross River gorilla, this landscape is also home to the most endangered African chimpanzee and other endangered wildlife, such as the Drill and elephants. Great apes and other wildlife species are under pressure from hunting and the bushmeat trade, as well as habitat loss due to human encroachment. Indirect causes include local poverty and the absence of a regulated law enforcement system. 

Jun11

Victory for Virunga? British oil company agrees to end its operations in Africa’s oldest national park

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 Hits 13290 Categories Virunga | Great Apes | In Focus

Victory for Virunga? British oil company agrees to end its operations in Africa’s oldest national park

Virunga National Park’s conservationists and activists are celebrating a victory today after British oil company SOCO International plc (SOCO) agreed to end its controversial operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But the devil is in the details and many believe the war against drilling for oil in Africa’s oldest national park has just begun.

 

Oct22

Reintroduced Gorillas Going Strong In Congo and Gabon

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 Hits 3664 Categories Great Apes

The Aspinall Foundation's reintroduction of western lowland gorillas to areas of Africa where they have been hunted to extinction appears to be working, according to a scientific study published today in the international conservation journal Oryx. Western lowland gorillas are classified by the World Conservation Union as Critically Endangered, based on a projected 80% decline in the wild over just three generations, ranking them alongside the most threatened species on the planet. Reintroduction of gorillas to protected areas from where they have previously been exterminated is still considered controversial, but a pioneering, long-term programme to do just that is starting to show it may be possible after all.

Oct12

Healthy Elephant Numbers But Gorilla Decline Recorded At Odzala-Kokoua National Park In Congo

Saturday, 12 October 2013 Hits 5577 Categories Elephants | Great Apes

An estimated 9 600 forest elephants still reside in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Republic of Congo, according to the results of a wildlife census commissioned by African Parks in 2012, but just released. Whilst higher than expected, this healthy number is believed to be a result of compression, with elephants fleeing highly poached areas outside the park and moving into the safety of the centre of Odzala.

Oct11

Congo's Virunga National Park Announces Partnership For Economic Revival In War-Torn Eastern Province

Friday, 11 October 2013 Hits 12681 Categories Virunga | Wildlife News | Great Apes | In Focus

RUMANGABO, DR Congo -- After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern Congo. The plan, referred to as "the Virunga Alliance" will vastly increase the availability of clean energy for rural communities through large scale investment in a network of off-grid hydro-electric plants and associated agro-industrial development.

Oct07

WWF-UK files OECD complaint against Oil Company SOCO International for Violation of Environmental and Human Rights in Virunga, DR Congo

Monday, 07 October 2013 Hits 15463 Categories Virunga | Wildlife News | Great Apes | In Focus

World Wide Fund for Nature - UK (WWF-UK) filed a complaint with the UK government today. The complaint concerns SOCO International's failure to seek to prevent human rights abuses and carry out comprehensive human rights and environmental studies for its proposed oil exploration in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, in violation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines).

Aug16

Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral

Friday, 16 August 2013 Hits 6846 Categories Wildlife News | Great Apes

From acclaimed author and renowned journalist Deni Béchard, Empty Hands, Open Arms is a poignant first-hand account of the work of a small NGO, The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI), and their efforts to save the last living bonobos and the Congolese rainforest they call home is altogether environmental, political, historical, and anthropological—what Kirkus Reviews' deems "a rich, complex account."

Jul29

Volunteers from across the globe help create new great ape reserves in South West Cameroon

Monday, 29 July 2013 Hits 6512 Categories Great Apes

Volunteers from all over the world are working hand in hand with Cameroonian conservationists to save Cross River gorillas and chimpanzees from extinction. In total six new protected areas will be established to protect vital habitat. The reserves will give much-needed protection to some of the world's most endangered species.

Jul09

WWF Congo condemns oil exploration licence for SOCO International in Virunga National Park

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 Hits 4945 Categories Virunga | Great Apes

The Word Wildlife Fund (WWF) calls on the Congolese government to enforce laws that prohibit the oil exploitation in protected areas. René Ngongo, WWF coordinator in the DRC, denounced the license for the exploitation of oil in Virunga National Park, which was awarded to the British company SOCO International.

Jun24

New Conservation Complex Will Protect Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas in the Cameroon Highlands

Monday, 24 June 2013 Hits 9572 Categories Wildlife News | Great Apes

In Cameroon, populations of Cross River gorillas can be found in the Lebialem Highlands: a biodiversity hotspot in one of the wettest places on earth. A new cluster of protected areas will protect Cross River Gorillas and an important watershed for the benefit of all Cameroonians.

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