A "surprisingly healthy" population of rare snow leopards has been discovered in the remote northeastern stretches of Afghanistan, one of the few areas largely unaffected by the near decade-long war in the country.
Efforts to make Band-e-Amir a national park began in the 1970s but were put on hold through the decades of war that ravaged the country. The U.S. and Afghan governments, along with the Wildlife Conservation Society, began working with local communities in 2006 to revive that vision.
Wildlife researchers said Tuesday that they've discovered
125,000 western lowland gorillas deep in the forests of the Republic of
Congo, calling it a major increase in the animal's estimated
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