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Some of the bird collection still present in the Herbarium at Yangambi, DR Congo, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Many of the birds were stolen when Uganda soldiers, who passed through Yangambi in the late 90's, took them as trophies or to sell back home. .The Herbarium contains over 100,000 plant specimens; each one is at least 50 years old and was collected by the Belgians from all over Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. It represents a complete survey of everything in the Congo, unfortunately however much of the animal collection has been lost or stolen. .Yangambi Research Station is the former Belgian headquarters for all major scientific ecological, biological and agricultural research in Africa between the 1930's and 1960. Abandonment began in 1960 with Independence and although Congo attempted to maintain Yangambi, sometimes in co-operation with the Belgians, the facility began to fall into disrepair through the 70's and 80's. War in the 1990's halted all potential for progress and for the past decade a skeleton crew has made a futile attempt to stave off further decline.