Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cross River gorillas to benefit from new protected area in Cameroon

The Prime Minister of Cameroon has signed a decree to officially create the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in the south-west of the country – great news for Africa's most threatened great ape, the Cross River gorilla.

The long road to conservation

The Cross River originates in Cameroon and flows into Nigeria, passing through swampy rainforest on its way to the ocean.

Scientists first became aware of gorillas in this region in the early 20th Century, but many feared they had been driven to extinction during the 1960s Nigerian conflict. In the 1980s, however, small groups were rediscovered, and for the first time they began to attract serious conservation attention.

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