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The Republic of Congo has just created its fifth ever national park – the Ogooué-Leketi National Park, which is expected to help dozens struggling wildlife species including gorillas and chimpanzees. The forest sector of the new park is also home to several other species, such as the African forest elephant, forest buffalo , red river hog, and several species of monkey including the mandrill.

The communities living near the Ogooué-Leketi National Park have been involved in the process of creating the protected area since the project was launched, through an approach that ensured best practices of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.

This is an incredible accomplishment for wildlife conservation in the Congo and around the world as the new Ogooué-Leketi National Park which borders with Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park, will collectively offer more than 1,359,080 acres of protected river valleys, forests, and rolling savannahs.

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