In the Congo, a Friendly Chimp is Getting More ProtectionBy Michael Frank on February 23rd, 2012
Chimpanzees in the bulk of Africa have learned to fear people — because they’re hunted for bushmeat. But in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park the chimpanzees called Pan troglodytes are so un-used to humans (because they haven’t been hunted) that they actually approach people out of curiosity. Now those chimps are gaining new protections, as the park is being expanded by 144 square miles. The area of expansion is called the Goualougo Triangle and is also home to forest elephants and western lowland gorillas. The deal to save Gualougo Triangle was brokered between the Republic of Congo government and Congolais Industrielle des Bois, a private logging company, which gave up its rights to log the forest.
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