September 3, 2007

Mountain gorillas in danger

2 hours ago:

Mountain Gorillas in Danger as DRC rebels seize habitat: report

NAIROBI (AFP) — Highly endangered mountain gorillas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo faced fresh dangers Monday after renegade troops overran their habitat, forcing rangers to flee, conservationists warned.

Forces loyal to cashiered general Laurent Nkunda, a powerful local leader, attacked Jomba and Bikenge patrol posts in Virunga National Park, Wildlife Direct said in a statement.

His troops looted weapons, ammunition and communication equipment.

A third patrol post in Bukima was being evacuated pending an imminent attack, leaving the rare primates exposed to massacres.

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