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Heartening news as gorilla population surveys recommence in DRC

Posted on: 02.02.09 (Last edited) 24 November 2010

Indications reveal the population to be stable and possibly increasing.

A new survey of habituated gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park has revealed an increase in numbers despite the continued conflict in and around the Park. The survey, in which the FFI-supported International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) played an integral role, ran from late November 2008 to late January 2009 and is the first study of gorilla numbers in the Park for over 15 months.

Bruce Liggitt, FFI’s International Gorilla Conservation Programme representative said:

“It is heartening to see that monitoring mountain gorillas has recommenced in DRC and indications are that the population may be stable or even increasing”.

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Rebecca Foges

Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground. Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.

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