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Evidence of New Geographic Localization of Okapia Johnstoni (Giraffidae) in Republic Democratic Of The Congo: The Rainforest Of “Nord Ubangi” District


Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua, Mafoto A., Molongo M., Magbukudua J.P., Ngemale G.M., Masengo C. Ashande, Patrick Kondjo, Yabuda H., Zama J., Veke F.

1 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, P.O. Box 190 Kinshasa XI, University of Kinshasa, D.R. Congo
2 Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN Gbadolite), RD Congo
3 Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gbadolite. P.O. Box 111 Gbadolite, RD Congo
4Scientific Committee for Research, Conservation and the Development of Biodiversity, Faculty of Science, University of Kinshasa, D.R. Congo
5 Ministry of the Environment, Nature conservation and Tourism, R.D. Congo


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Received: August 12, 2014,   Accepted: September 5, 2014,   Published:


Abstract:

The Okapi is an endemic species of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is the national conservation symbol of the country. Because of poaching and the repetitive civil wars in the eastern part of the DRC, identifying new naturally occurring habitat of Okapi in others part of the country is a great challenges for the conservation of this great mammalian. The present communication gives for the first time the evidence of new geographic localization of Okapia johnstoni in the rainforest of “Nord Ubangi” district. The district is politically very stable, thus justifying the need to initiate a project for in situ conservation of Okapi in this area.


Keywords: Okapia johnstoni, Nord Ubangi, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Citation:

Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua, et al, (2014) Evidence of New Geographic Localization of Okapia Johnstoni (Giraffidae) in Republic Democratic Of The Congo: The Rainforest Of “Nord Ubangi” District J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology. V2I1. DOI: 10.15297/JABZ.V2I1.02


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© 2014 Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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