Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sudan’s migrating wildlife wows scientists

Conservationists surprised to find species thriving after civil war

By Andrea Thompson
Updated: 2:57 p.m. ET June 12, 2007

NEW YORK - More than a million animals — including elephants, buffaloes, ostriches, lions, giraffes and a rare type of stork — have been unexpectedly seen living and migrating across Southern Sudan, where no surveys of wildlife had been conducted for the past 25 years due to civil war in the region.

Decades of war wrought significant damage to the region, along with excessive hunting, desertification of the land and periodic droughts, so wildlife numbers were declining in the stricken country. Based on observations in other war-torn nations, conservationists thought the wildlife in Southern Sudan would be wiped out, but it wasn't.


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