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Gorilla 'mother lode' found in Congo

Posted Wed Aug 6, 2008 11:45am AEST

Updated Wed Aug 6, 2008 11:57am AEST

A survey of endangered gorillas in the Republic of Congo has found that the population is a lot healthier than previously thought.

Researchers for the United States based Wildlife Conservation Society have found more than 100,000 Western lowland gorillas in an area of swamp forest in the north of the country.

The last survey of the species 20 years ago estimated that there were only 100,000 of the primates left worldwide.

"These figures show that northern Republic of Congo contains the mother lode of gorillas," Steven Sanderson, president and chief executive officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society, said in a statement.

"It also shows that conservation in the Republic of Congo is working.

"This discovery should be a rallying cry for the world that we can protect other vulnerable and endangered species, whether they be gorillas in Africa, tigers in India, or lemurs in Madagascar."

Researchers counted nests made by gorillas in rainforests and isolated swamps.

Gorillas make fresh nests every night.

The group released its findings at a meeting of the International Primatological Society Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland.

- Reuters

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