A Glimpse of Liberia’s Secret Biodiversity
by FFI staff
A decade after the country emerged from conflict, Fauna & Flora International’s Josh Kempinski shares a glimpse into some of Liberia’s incredible and yet unseen biodiversity, from pygmy hippos to chimpanzees.
Liberia is a country famous for all the wrong reasons.
Decades back, it was only really known for tyre and rubber company Firestone’s enormous and controversial rubber plantation, at a time when Liberia was often referred to as the ‘Firestone Republic’.
But then things got worse – a lot worse. Two devastating civil wars gave the world Charles Taylor and nightmarish tales of cannibalism, child soldiers and the infamous blood diamonds; and these dominated Liberia’s new image.
What is less well known is that the wars were not only funded by diamonds, but mostly by timber – ‘blood timber’. Liberia is, by far, the most densely forested country in West Africa…
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photos: White-necked Rockfowl, Chimpanzees, and Zebra Duiker