Rolling hills covered in rich, ancient lowland rainforest are home to some of the world’s most charismatic and exploited wildlife surrounding the new capital city of Equatorial Guinea, Ciudad de la Paz. This vast, dense forest in Central Africa harbors the Forest Elephant (CR), Western Gorilla (CR), Chimpanzee (EN), White-bellied Pangolin (EN), Short-tailed Roundleaf Bat (EN) and African Grey Parrot (EN).
This forest ecosystem is rich in biodiversity and stores 59,650,028 metric tons of carbon equivalents—comparable to the greenhouse gas emissions from 12.8 million gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Rainforest Trust is working with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program to create a 237,706-acre Reserva de La Paz National Park in Equatorial Guinea. These acres will be safeguarded against the threats of the adjacent growing city and form part of a contiguous conservation network of nearly 458,000 acres.
Header photo: Endangered African Grey Parrots, by Superstjern
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