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Last Updated: Sunday November 30 2008 12:18 GMT

New park to protect gorillas

A Cross River gorilla

A new park has been created in the African country of Cameroon to try to protect a critically endangered species of gorilla.

There are only thought to be about 300 Cross River gorillas left in the world and up to 115 of them are living in the Takamanda National Park.

Part of the problem they face is from hunters and people who cut down trees in the forests where they like to live.

But animal experts say the new national park should help to stop that threat.

Sreven Sanderson from the Wildlife Conservation Society said the creation of the park sent a powerful message to the world about conservation.

"The government of Cameroon is to be commended for taking this step in saving the Cross River gorilla for future generations," he said.