11 primates from Africa endangered

The world’s 25 most endangered primates have been revealed in a new report released at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity. Mankind’s closest living relatives – the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates – are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures.

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Help for the rare Cross River gorilla

The Cross River gorilla was considered extinct until the 1980s, when it was sighted in its only known habitat. With fewer than 300 individuals of this unique subspecies remaining, it is the most endangered African ape. But there is good news as governments and conservation groups work to protect the gorilla and its habitat.

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Oil drilling plans in World Heritage Site Virunga

A British oil company, SOCO, and others including Total, are looking to explore for oil reserves in the Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Genetische code gorilla ontrafeld

Researchers in Cambridge have deciphered the genetic code of the gorilla – the last of the Great Ape genuses to be sequenced. Writing in the journal Nature, the scientists say that researchers can now begin to examine the similarities and differences between the apes.

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