02 Jul '12, 6pm

10,000 sq mi of Congo rainforest declared World Heritage site

10,000 sq mi of Congo rainforest declared World Heritage site

Infant lowland gorilla in the Congo basin rainforest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Central Africa has the newest World Heritage site. On Tuesday, the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area complex (TNS) as a World Heritage Site for its density and diversity of rainforest wildlife. Formed by three contiguous national parks covering 10,000 square miles (25,000 sq km) in Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon, and the Central African Republic, TNS is the first World Heritage Site to span three countries. "The TNS is the wild heart of the Congo Basin Rainforest. It contains some of the last great populations of African forest elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, and other endangered species," James Deutsch, WCS Director of Africa Programs, said in a statement. "We applaud the World Heritage Committee f...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0702-tns-world-heritage.html

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