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4 hours ago ·
New census critical for mountain gorillas in Virunga
A new census of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif will help gauge the impact of conservation work in the area and play a vital role in guiding future efforts to safeguard the critically endangered great ape and its fragile and restricted habitat.
Led by the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and supported by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) & WWF through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) and other partners, the count is the first since 2010 when it was estimated that there were 480 mountain gorillas in the 451 km2 Virunga Massif.
This site, which spans DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, is one of just two places where this gorilla subspecies is still found.
"Mountain gorilla numbers have been rising steadily in the Virunga Massif for the past two decades thanks to the dedicated work of rangers, conservationists and neighboring community members, and collaborative efforts by the three range States," says Anna Behm Masozera, IGCP director. "We are hopeful that the census will confirm that this trend is continuing, despite ongoing threats to the gorillas and their habitat."
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9 hours ago ·
Poaching threatens Mali's rare desert elephants: U.N. mission
About a fifth of Mali's rare desert elephants have been killed this year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum in the country's north, the United Nations said on Thursday.
At least 57 elephants died between January and June among the West African country's only herd of around 300 animals, the U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUSMA said in a statement.
"(The poached elephants) represent about 20 percent of the remaining (Malian) population and were killed in areas where insecurity is present," MINUSMA said, adding that forest rangers were frequently targeted by Islamist jihadists.
The WILD Foundation, which helps protect Mali's northern Gourma herd, estimates that around 90 of the mammals have been killed since late 2014.
Tens of thousands of elephants once roamed the savannahs stretching between West Africa's shores and the Nile basin but poaching and habitat loss have dramatically cut their numbers.
Full story at uk.reuters.com/article/2015/10/08/us-mali-elephants-idUKKCN0S233420151008
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10 hours ago ·