Wildlife on the move

 
Published: Sunday 15 July 2007

Conservationists have discovered massive herds of animals still existing in the war-ravaged southern Sudan. Aerial surveys done by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the government of South Sudan have confirmed that more than 1.2 million white-eared kob, tiang antelope, Mongalla gazelle and elephant are thriving in the region. Grasslands of Sudan were last surveyed in 1982, a year before civil war broke out in the country. The conflict lasted for around two decades and claimed two million lives. Based on experiences in other war-torn regions like Mozambique and Angola, where wildlife vanished as a result of the conflicts, conservationists believed the wildlife of South Sudan had also disappeared.

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