The Maiombe forest forms the south-west margin of the Congo Basin’s tropical rainforest and the geographical limits of several forest-dwelling species, including central chimpanzees and western gorillas.
A trans-frontier initiative for the conservation of the Maiombe Forest focuses on its southern sector, between DRC, Angola, and Republic of Congo. Information on ape status in the Maiombe Forest is scarce, and much-needed survey efforts have been hampered by civil unrest. Ape surveys in this transfrontier region would also conﬁ rm the presence and status of western gorillas in DRC and build political support for transboundary conservation efforts in the three countries.
The main threats to wildlife in the area are posed by commercial and subsistence hunting, illegal mining and logging and armed conflict, and these problems are compounded by political and economic instability.