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Rwanda's primate-rich forests now a national park

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Pressure on Rwanda's natural resources has increased over time. Slightly smaller than Belgium in size, Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa, with nearly 8 million people within its borders (averaging 314 people per square kilometer), most of whom are dependent on agriculture.

"The creation of this park represents the fruition of some 20 years of research and conservation work by both WCS and our partners in ORTPN, some of which occurred during periods of great social upheaval" said Dr. Amy Vedder, vice president of WCS's Living Landscapes Program and an authority on Nyungwe's primate species. "Setting aside this landscape for conservation is a testament to the nation's commitment to their natural heritage and an investment in the future of both Rwanda and Africa."


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Contact: John Delaney
jdelaney@wcs.org
718-220-3275
Wildlife Conservation Society
9-Mar-2004


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