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New Protection for Gorillas

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New Protection for Gorillas

Post  whitestarling on Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:09 pm

Gorillas benefit from new protection in Cameroon
15/10/2014 08:29:09
Cross River Gorillas were only discovered in the early 20th century. © Arend de Haas, African Conservation Foundation.
Critically endangered Cross River Gorillas will be receiving much-needed additional protection in Cameroon with the creation of Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in the southwest of the country.

The decree to officially create the sanctuary was signed by the Prime Minister of Cameroon, and will be the third such reserve in the country to protect the dwindling habitat of the Cross River Gorilla.

The gorillas in this region were only discovered relatively recently in the early 20th century, but following the Nigerian conflict during the 1960s it was feared that they had become a casualty of war and had become extinct. It was only during the 1980s that small groups of the Cross River Gorilla were rediscovered.

But their numbers in the wild have remained low in spite of conservation efforts. Living in the region of the Cross River, which flows from Cameroon to Nigeria and passes through rainforest, their habitat has become restricted to rugged highland areas where hunting pressure is lower.

Furthermore, the great apes’ habitat is surrounded by some of Africa’s most densely populated human settlements, and is become increasingly fragmented.

In order to tackle these threats to the gorilla, two reserves were set up by the Cameroon Government: the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary and Takamanda National Park. The addition of Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary marks a further move in the right direction for the protection of the Cross River Gorilla.

Prior to the decree to create the sanctuary, the forest was under communal forest laws, which allowed land to be converted for use for anything other than forestry. Organisation Flora and Fauna International have been working toward the protection of the gorillas in the forest since 2004, and understand that the creation of Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary will impact upon local communities, so will be involving them in the sanctuary design and helping them to find sustainable ways to earn a living.

The first footage of the Cross River Gorilla was captured in December 2009. You can watch it here, or read more about the plight of the Cross River Gorilla.

WS

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:41 pm

Thanks for that WS and what wonderful news, anything to try and save these amazing animals gets the big thumbs up from me. Here's hoping they can breed and their numbers will grow in the two reserves in Cameroon cheers
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:05 pm

Good news certainly.

Thanks WS.

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