Two massive new parks in the Congo

Last week, the government of Congo, in the heart of Africa, announced that two more big areas will be added to their National Park system. More than 3,800 square miles of sand dunes, wooded savannas and forests will provide habitat for giant apes, elephants, antelopes, and birds.

“These two new protected areas are a tremendous addition to the Republic of Congo’s protected-area network and to global protection of biodiversity,” said Dr. Paul Elkan, who directs the Congo program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. “There is already a great deal of local community support for the creation of both these protected areas.”

National parks are something we take for granted in the U.S., but think if we didn’t have any, what our country would look like. They provide a real haven for nature and an economic incentive to protect it.