One of the worlds great centers of primate diversity is now a national park, created in one of Africas smallest and most densely populated nations. With the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the government of Rwanda has recently established Nyungwe National Park, a rich landscape that contains 13 different types of primate, along with 260 bird species, and more than 260 species of trees and shrubs.
"This is an important achievement for Rwanda and for conservation in Africa," said Michel Masozera, country director for WCSs Rwanda program. "Nyungwe National Park will safeguard one of Rwandas most valuable assets--its wildlife--for future generations."
At 970 square kilometers in size, the park is recognized as one of the richest mountain primate communities in Africa, home to chimpanzees, lhoests monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and others. The rare owl-faced guenon inhabits the bamboo forest in the southern portion of the park, and the Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey congregates in huge groups of up to 400 individuals, one of the great spectacles of Africas forests. Nyungwe and neighboring Kibira National Park in Burundi together form the largest block of rain forest in eastern Africa.
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