Navigation Links
A year after discovery, Congo's 'mother lode' of gorillas remains vulnerable
Date:11/23/2009

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that western lowland gorillas living in a large swamp in the Republic of Congopart of the "mother lode" of more than 125,000 gorillas discovered last yearare becoming increasingly threatened by growing humans activity in the region.

The study recommends protection of the swamp forests adjacent to the southwest border of Lac Tl Community Reserve after recent surveys confirmed that high densities of the great apes still exist in the remote location.

The findings and recommendations appear in the November issue of the journal Oryx. The study's authors include: Hugo Rainey, Emma Stokes, Fiona Maisels, Samantha Strindberg, Fortun Iyenguet, Guy-Aim Malanda, and Bola Madzok from the Wildlife Conservation Society: and Domingos Dos Santos from the Republic of Congo Minstre de l'Economie Forestire.

The swamp also supports large numbers of chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys, elephants, and other rain forest species. According to the study, imminent threats to the swamp include new logging operations, oil exploration, an influx of refugees from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, and, resulting from these developments, an increase in the human population, construction of roads and other infrastructure, and the escalation of the illegal bushmeat trade.

"We implore both the Government of the Republic of Congo and the international community to begin the groundwork for the creation of a new protected area to safeguard these gorillas and their unique environment for the benefit of future generations," said Dr. James Deutsch, WCS Director for Africa Programs. "Losing gorillas in this region after all the attention from their discovery would be a sad coda on an otherwise great story."

"The world was electrified at the discovery of more than 125,000 western lowland gorillas still in existence in the heart of Africa's rain forests, which include the recently surveyed gorillas just outside of Lac Tl," said WCS researcher Dr. Hugo Rainey, the paper's lead author. "Now that the thrill is gone, we can't forget about the most important part of wildlife surveys: protecting what we find."

Using methodologies based on counting the nests constructed by gorillas and the decay rates of these temporary structures, the researchers calculated that the study area (measuring 1,029 square kilometers, or 379 square miles, in size) contained an estimated population of 5,042 gorillas, more in fact than previous estimates for the site. The result is one of the highest density estimates ever calculated for gorillasmore than five gorillas per square kilometer (more than 13 gorillas per square mile).

The study site was the easternmost part of the gorilla census announced last year that produced a jaw-dropping estimate of more than 125,000 western lowland gorillas for the region.


'/>"/>

Contact: John Delaney
jdelaney@wcs.org
718-220-3275
Wildlife Conservation Society
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. New understanding about mechanism for cell death after stroke leads to possible therapy
2. After mastodons and mammoths, a transformed landscape
3. CSHL study shows that some malignant tumors can be shut down after all
4. Researchers find ways to encourage spinal cord regeneration after injury
5. UCLA scientists make paralyzed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury
6. Mouse brain rewires its neural circuits to recuperate from damaged neural function after stroke
7. Water quality improves after lawn fertilizer ban, study shows
8. High-fat diet affects physical and memory abilities of rats after 9 days
9. K-State researchers say after-school programs should promote activity, healthy nutrition
10. After dinosaurs, mammals rise but their genomes get smaller
11. Silicon with afterburners: Process developed at Rice could be boon to electronics manufacturer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
A year after discovery, Congo's 'mother lode' of gorillas remains vulnerable
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016 ... the "Global Facial Recognition Market 2016-2020" ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5kvw8m/global_facial ) has announced the addition ... 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... ) has announced the addition of the ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... -- The field of Human Microbiome research and ... hubs of the biotechnology industry. While the Human ... human microbiota, have garnered a lot of attention ... has literally exploded in terms of both basic ... on biomedical aspects of research, development, and commercial ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... 2016 --> --> Fourth ... (105.0), up 1,187% compared with fourth quarter of 2014. Gross ... M (loss: 30.0). Earnings per share increased to SEK 6.39 ... M (neg: 74.7). , --> ... SEK 2,900.5 M (233.6), up 1,142% compared with 2014. Gross ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Information Management Services ( IMS ) is pleased to announce ... new technical foundation and is so significant it was endowed with a new name, ... for search results, a streamlined layout and a more intuitive format for navigating the ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... Bulk food product inspection systems are specifically designed to ... production process. Despite frequently inspecting loose product prior to packaging, product inspection systems ... of dry powders. , Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection's brand-new white paper entitled "Improving Food ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Oakland, California (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 ... ... Artificial Intelligence (AI) and leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology, today announced ... the latest release of Cloudera Enterprise through the Cloudera Certified Technology Program ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... -- NanoViricides, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NNVC) (the "Company"), a nanomedicine company developing ... MPH, will present information about the company,s programs at the BIOCEO ... New York City . --> ... 5:30PM EST. Registered attendees can request a one on one meeting ... --> New York City . ...
Breaking Biology Technology: