Congo reports 10 gorillas born in 16 months

January 27, 2009 5:50:33 AM PST
The Congolese Wildlife Authority says the gorilla population has grown in an eastern Congo park that is home to some of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas.

A census released Monday shows 10 baby gorillas have been born since August 2007 in Virunga National Park.

Park director Emmanuel de Merode calls the status of gorillas in Virunga "a triumph for conservation."

Only about 700 mountain gorillas are left in the world, an estimated 190 of them in Congo around the Mikeno volcano.

In the months before insurgents first seized the area in 2007, 10 mountain gorillas were killed by unidentified attackers.

A deal between the insurgents and President Joseph Kabila's administration late last year paved the way for staff who fled fighting and the rebel occupation to return.

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