A family of Western Lowland Gorillas relaxing in the forest. Photo Credit: guenterguni/Getty Images

AnimalsEnvironment Congo28. February 2023

Happy Gorillas: Critical Biodiverse Area Gets the Protection It Needs

One of Congo’s most biodiverse areas, the Djéké triangle, is being added to the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in an effort to protect critical populations and forests.

This protection is expected to decrease poaching of the western lowland gorilla, a primate listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Local indigenous peoples are also being granted certain access to the protected area wherein they can continue harvesting non-timber products such as honey, leaves, and mushrooms.

Some 13 indigenous communities will be integrated into the management plan of the Djéke triangle, an area that holds great cultural and economic importance to them. In total, the protected Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park will be increased by 95 km2 with the addition of the Djéke triangle.


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