08 Jun '12, 3am

Elephant numbers halved in Central Africa in 5 years

Elephant numbers halved in Central Africa in 5 years

Republic of the Congo expands park to protect fearless chimps (02/16/2012) The Republic of the Congo has expanded its Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park by 37,295 hectares (144 square miles) to include a dense swamp forest, home to a population of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) that show no fear of humans. Known as the Goualougo Triangle, the swamp forest is also home to forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) and western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). The expansion of the park to include the Goualougo Triangle makes good on a government commitment from 2001. Forest elephant populations cut in half in protected area (11/14/2011) Warfare and poaching have decimated forest elephant populations across their range with even elephants in remote protected areas cut down finds a new study in PLoS ONE. Surveying forest elephant populations in the Okapi Faunal Reserve in the De...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0607-congo-wcs-elephants.html

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