Fifth gorilla discovered dead in eastern DR Congo

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Environmental protectors have reported the discovery in eastern DR Congo of the remains of a fifth gorilla, just few weeks after four corpses of these giant primates whose species is fast becoming extinct, were confirmed.
UNESCO estimates their population to be currently less than 700 gorillas in the areas surrounding the borders between the DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, a zone which underwent civil wars for years and where armed militiamen are still prowling in the forests.
Last April, UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura wrote to Congolese president Joseph Kabila to enforce "measures" against poaching and the culling of endangered species on DR Congo's sites made World Heritage List.
That letter followed reports about the death of "several hundred hippopotamuses and at least two mountain gorillas killed over the past few months in the Virunga National Park".
Large-scale poaching in the Virunga started during the successive wars (1996-1997, 1998-2003) that tore apart DR Congo.

20 august 2007 20:49:00

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