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A gorilla female and its young
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Primates under pressure

December 20, 2011

New projects to save Rwanda's gorillas are also helping improve livelihoods in towns and villages.


Gorilla habitat in Rwanda

The gorillas of the Virunga Mountains in central Africa are a huge attraction for visitors and bring Rwanda much-needed revenue from tourism. But climate change is threatening their fragile eco-system, raising pressure on the forests where the gorillas live and spelling ruin for the impoverished country. Rainfall in the Virunga Mountains feeds rivers, streams and hydropower plants throughout the country. A few individual projects working to save the primates and improve living conditions in towns and villages are however making a difference.

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