tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/cote_d%27ivoire1 Cote d'Ivoire news from mongabay.com 2014-09-25T23:54:32Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13827 2014-09-24T18:36:00Z 2014-09-25T23:54:32Z Scientists use genes, feces to study disappearing monkeys <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0924-king-colobus-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Human pressures through tree clearing and poaching are reducing both forest and fauna in West Africa. In response to dwindling primate populations, scientists used genetics techniques to examine their makeup and outlook – demonstrating the usefulness of such methods in the study of animals that are becoming ever-fewer in number and ever-harder to find. Morgan Erickson-Davis 6.757973 -4.795016 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13591 2014-07-28T19:23:00Z 2014-11-06T17:42:35Z Invasion of the oil palm: western Africa's native son returns, threatening great apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0728-lowland-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As palm oil producers increasingly look to Africa’s tropical forests as suitable candidates for their next plantations, primate scientists are sounding the alarm about the destruction of ape habitat that can go hand in hand with oil palm expansion. A recent study sought to take those warnings a step further by quantifying the overlap in suitable oil palm land with current ape habitat. Morgan Erickson-Davis 4.693148 9.191509 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12977 2014-03-24T19:31:00Z 2014-03-24T19:59:04Z Over 9,000 primates killed for single bushmeat market in West Africa every year <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0324.bushmeat.tcs.monkeys.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over the past 25 years, West Africa's primates have been put at risk due to an escalating bushmeat trade compounded with forest loss from expanding human populations. In fact, many endemic primates in the Upper Guinea forests of Liberia and Ivory Coast have been pushed to the verge of extinction. To better understand what’s happening, a recent study in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science investigated the bushmeat exchange between these neighboring countries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10717 2013-01-16T22:10:00Z 2013-01-22T16:31:21Z Bloodsucking flies help scientists identify rare, hard-to-find mammals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0116.Calliphora_vomitoria_Portrait.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last year scientists released a study that is likely to revolutionize how conservationists track elusive species. Researchers extracted the recently sucked blood of terrestrial leeches in Vietnam's remote Annamite Mountains and looked at the DNA of what they'd been feeding on: remarkably researchers were able to identify a number of endangered and rarely-seen mammals. In fact two of the species gleaned from these blood-meals had been discovered by scientists as late as the 1990s. In the past, trying to find rare and shy jungle animals required many man hours and a lot of funding. While the increasing use of remote camera traps has allowed scientists to expand their search, DNA sampling from leeches could be the next big step in simplifying (and cheapening) the quest for tracking the world's mammals. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8868 2011-12-19T16:42:00Z 2011-12-19T17:05:45Z Mysterious pygmy hippo filmed in Liberia Conservationists have captured the first ever footage (see video below) of the elusive pygmy hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis) in Liberia. The forest-dwelling, nocturnal species&#8212;weighing only a quarter of the size of the well-known common hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius)&#8212;has proven incredibly difficult to study. But the use of camera traps in Liberia's Sapo National Park has allowed researchers a glimpse into its cryptic life. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8831 2011-12-12T19:07:00Z 2012-01-18T17:30:57Z Locals key to saving primate-rich wetlands in Cote D'Ivoire Saved from being converted into a vast palm oil plantation by PALM-CI in 2009, the Ehy Tanoé wetlands and forest in the Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is home to three gravely endangered primates and as well as many other species. Since 2006, a pilot community management program has been working to protect the 12,000 hectare area, and a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science finds that long-term conservation of the Ehy Tanoé wetlands and forest is, in fact, vital for locals who depend on the area for hunting, fishing, firewood, building materials, and medicinal plants. In addition, the study finds that the ecosystem has special cultural and spiritual importance to locals. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5666 2010-02-15T19:59:00Z 2011-06-14T23:49:47Z How free trade has devastated Africa's farmers and poor <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/ricethumb.JPG " align="left"/></td></tr></table>A push in the mid-1980s for Africa to embrace free trade to aid its economies backfired in many of the continent's poorest countries, argues a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Africa was pushed to rollback government involvement in development and instead to rely on the private sector: government services shrunk, cash crops were pushed over staples, while tariffs and subsides were abolished. The insistence on free trade was meant to spur economic growth, but instead undercut traditional agricultural systems that had worked for centuries, eventually leading to a food crisis, which left millions hungry, caused multiple food riots, and destabilized governments. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4988 2009-09-19T15:37:00Z 2009-09-19T16:04:11Z Dangers for journalists who expose environmental issues <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0919small.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Guinean journalist Lai Baldé has been threatened. Egyptian blogger Tamer Mabrouk has been sued. Russian journalist Grigory Pasko has just spent four years in prison. His Uzbek colleague, Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov, has just been given a 10-year jail sentence. Mikhail Beketov, another Russian journalist, has lost a leg and several fingers as a result of an assault. Bulgarian reporter Maria Nikolaeva was threatened with having acid thrown in her face. Filipino journalist Joey Estriber has been missing since 2006... What do these journalists and many others have in common? They are or were covering environmental issues in countries where it is dangerous to do so. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4527 2009-05-06T17:05:00Z 2009-05-06T18:22:44Z Chimpanzee population plummets 90 percent in supposedly strong region Chimp populations continue to decline in Africa. A new survey of our closest relatives in the Cote D’Ivoire found that the population fell from an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 individuals to a paltry 800 to 1,200, a decline that took place in less than twenty years. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4508 2009-04-25T17:24:00Z 2009-04-25T18:08:17Z Environmental campaign blocks palm oil project in Cote d' Ivoire wetland Environmentalists have thwarted plans to establish an oil palm plantation in the Tanoe forest wetlands of southern Cote d' Ivoire (Ivory Coast), reports AFP. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4452 2009-04-07T23:59:00Z 2009-05-04T00:27:35Z Male chimps use meat to seduce <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g94/troufs/ug3-4403-2.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Male chimpanzees who share meat with females over a long period of time have a better chance of mating, according to a new study published in PLoS ONE. Studying chimps in Tai National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, researchers from the Mac Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology observed that female chimps have sex more frequently with males who have shared meat with them at least once as opposed to males who never share. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3425 2008-10-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:41Z C&ocirc;te d&#x27;Ivoire&#x27;s endangered chimp population falls 99% since 1960 The population of West African chimpanzees living in C&ocirc;te d&#x27;Ivoire has collapsed due to hunting and forest destruction, report scientists writing in the October 14th issue of </i>Current Biology</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/744 2006-01-22T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:33Z Goodbye to West Africa's Rainforests West Africa's once verdant and extensive rainforests are now a historical footnote. Gone to build ships and furniture, feed hungry mouths, and supply minerals and gems to the West, the band of tropical forests that once extended from Guinea to Cameroon are virtually gone. The loss of West Africa's rainforests have triggered a number of environmental problems that have contributed to social unrest and exacerbated poverty across the region. Rhett Butler