tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/sierra_leone1 Sierra Leone news from mongabay.com 2014-07-29T19:38:37Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13597 2014-07-29T15:12:00Z 2014-07-29T19:38:37Z Don't eat or touch bat bushmeat amid worsening Ebola outbreak, UN warns The world's worst Ebola outbreak was likely begun by a hunter shooting a fruit bat for their dinner or the market, according to the UN. The outbreak has killed over 660 people in six months to date, and recently spread via plane to Nigeria. The disease is particularly deadly with a mortality rate of around 90 percent. 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/8787 2011-12-03T02:09:00Z 2011-12-03T02:11:07Z Sierra Leone creates rainforest park Sierra Leone, one of Africa's poorest countries, today announced the establishment of Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP), an area of forest home to chimpanzees, a key population of pygmy hippo, and hundreds of bird species, reports the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6871 2010-10-06T03:53:00Z 2012-01-19T05:43:02Z Loss of old growth forest continues <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/1005forests150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new global assessment of forest stocks by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows continuing loss of primary forests since 2005 despite gains in the extent of protected areas. FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 reveals some 13 million hectares of forest were cleared between 2000 and 2010, down from around 16 million hectares per year during the 1990s. Loss of primary forest&#8212;mostly a consequence of logging&#8212;averaged 4.2 million hectares per year, down from 4.7 million hectares per year in the 1990s. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5402 2010-01-02T18:09:00Z 2010-01-02T18:18:50Z Sierra Leone cracks down on illegal logging by banning log exports Sierra Leone has banned the transport and export of logs in an effort to crack down on illegal logging, reports AFP. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2633 2008-01-15T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:13:08Z Sierra Leone bans timber exports Sierra Leone has re-imposed a timber export ban after accusing foreign companies of illegally logging its forests, according to BBC News. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2140 2007-07-09T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:06Z Poverty and corruption reduce effectiveness of rainforest parks <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/indonesia_fire_ratio-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Poverty and corruption are linked to higher incidence of fire in tropical forest reserves, reports a new study published in the journal Ecological Applications. Poor, corrupt countries -- like Cambodia, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Sierra Leone -- have the least effective parks when measured in terms of the incidence of fire relative to surrounding "buffer" areas. The findings have significant implications for rainforest conservation efforts. 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