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A new 1,000-hectare (2,741-acre) community conservancy in Nigeria’s Apoi Creek Forest in Bayesla state will help protect 150 to 200 critically endangered Niger Delta red colobus monkeys, possibly the most significant population remaining anywhere in the world. The effort to create a community conservancy was spearheaded by the Southwest Niger Delta Forest Project, a partner of Global Wildlife Conservation. The conservancy will be managed by the Apoi community together with SW/Niger Delta Forest Project, which has been working in the local community for seven years. The community-based conservation effort is key to the survival of the species, which is one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world. About three groups of the monkey have territories in the conservancy.

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