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May 01, 2012
Sizing Up Congo’s Silverbacks
Researchers working in the Republic of Congo find that bigger adult male western lowland gorillas have a better chance of attracting mates and raising healthy offspring. The study looked at overall body length and the size of head crest and gluteal muscles in 19 silverbacks at Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park.
February 16, 2012
Congo Park Expanded to Protect “Naive” Chimpanzees
The Republic of Congo has formally expanded Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to include pristine forest Chimps with no fear of humans approach rather than flee New York (February 16, 2012)—The Republic of Congo has formally expanded Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to protect an increasingly rare treasure: one of Africa’s most pristine forests and a population of “naive” chimpanzees with so little exposure to humans that the curious apes investigate the conservationists who study them rather than run aw...
February 01, 2012
New Turf for the Rarest Gorilla
A high-tech study of Cross River gorilla habitat finds that the critically endangered ape’s range is more than 50 percent bigger than previously documented. By protecting habitat corridors between the gorilla’s populations, conservationists may be able to help their numbers grow.
January 31, 2012
Satellite Study Reveals Critical Habitat and Corridors for World’s Rarest Gorilla
Protection of forest habitat could support larger population of Cross River gorillas New York (January 31, 2012)—Conservationists working in Central Africa to save the world’s rarest gorilla have good news: the Cross River gorilla has more suitable habitat than previously thought, including vital corridors that, if protected, can help the great apes move between sites in search of mates, according to the North Carolina Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups. The newly published...
November 30, 2011
Contest in the Congo
WCS’s James Deutsch, Executive Director of the Africa Program, reflects on the impacts that Congo’s presidential and parliamentary elections may have on the fate of the region’s vast natural resource wealth.
November 23, 2011
Gorillas, Not Grenades: Conservation as Diplomacy
In conflict and post-conflict areas, conservation can play a key role in diplomacy by increasing stability and providing economic opportunities.
November 22, 2011
Gorillas, Not Grenades
Wildlife Conservation Society: Conservation Plays Diplomatic Role in War-Torn Regions WCS operates conservation programs in Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo BRUSSELS (November 22, 2011) – In conflict and post-conflict areas, conservation can play a key role in diplomacy by increasing stability and providing economic opportunities, according to a team of conservationists hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) who spoke at an ev...
August 22, 2011
Battling the Bushmeat Trade
This investigative piece from CNN focuses on the growing and illegal commercial trade of bushmeat in Cameroon, and features a WCS conservationist who is working to help the country combat it.
August 18, 2011
WCS Applauds Sentencing of Ivory Trafficker
Republic of Congo sentences Chinese smuggler to four years in prison Ivory poaching is decimating elephants worldwide NEW YORK (August 18, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society today applauded the Republic of Congo for its sentencing of an ivory smuggler to four years in prison. The sentence, handed down on August 10th, marks a growing commitment by Congolese officials to crack down on poaching that is decimating local wildlife. The trafficker was cau...
June 30, 2011
Rare Chance for the Rarest Chimp
WCS conservationists and their partners announce a plan to protect the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee. Restricted to pockets of forest within the two countries, the subspecies is the world’s rarest chimp.
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