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Nixon, S.C.; Lusenge, T.
Conservation status of okapi in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
2008  Full Book

This report presents preliminary findings from a recently completed ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) survey of okapi (_Okapia johnstoni_) in the Watalinga Forest of Virunga National Park, conducted between June and September 2008. The presence of okapi in the Watalinga Forest was recently reconfirmed by a 2006 field survey led by WWF, but partly due to insecurity there have been only limited follow-up surveys of okapi in the region. The objective of this survey was to estimate distribution and relative abundance of okapi in the park and assess threats to its survival, with a particular focus on the impacts of the rehabilitation of the Mbau-Kamango road, which passes through the Watalinga Forest from west to east.

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