NYTimes: A survey team from the Wildlife Conservation Society has found an estimated 125,000 western lowland gorillas, a subspecies of the world's largest primate, living in the northern part of the Congo Republic.
This is incredibly good news: almost three times as many of this subspecies (previously considered critically endangered) as we thought there were.
They based their population estimates on nest density. (Gorillas make temporary nests to sleep in at night.) The two studied tracts covered 18,000 square miles; the Congolese government has declared on a national park, although (as usual) there is little or no money for protection.