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How Gabon saved its forest elephants

In 2002, Omar Bongo, the president of Gabon, set up a network of national parks to protect the country’s rainforest from logging and help save its population of forest elephants.He was responding to pressure from campaigners worried by a surge in logging over the previous decade. Among them was a British biologist called Lee White, who went on to become Gabon’s Minister of Forests and the Environment.Witness History: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

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