A threat to chimp tourism programme

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Feb 8 2013, 12:06:56

A project in Tongo forest has been put on hold due to fighting between government troops and M23 rebels

Fighting between government troops and M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has disrupted a promising plan for chimpanzee tourism in Virunga national park, also home to mountain gorillas.

In the most serious incident, two park rangers and a soldier were killed in an ambush in October in a park covering 7,800 sq km, famed for its active chain of volcanoes and diverse habitats.

A Unesco world heritage site, the park's most famous inhabitants are 480 of the world's 790 remaining mountain gorillas, but it is also home to a small number of chimps in Tongo, a forest in the southern sector of the park, bordering Uganda and Rwanda.

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