Canaco Resources Inc.

Canaco Resources Inc.

February 29, 2012 06:00 ET

Canaco Reports Preliminary Indications of 90-98% Metallurgical Recovery of Gold at Handeni

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2012) - Canaco Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CAN) ("Canaco" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the comprehensive metallurgical test work program for its Handeni project in Tanzania. This work will provide key input information to the upcoming Magambazi preliminary economic assessment, planned for completion by the end of the third quarter of 2012.

G&T Metallurgical Services continue to execute the ongoing metallurgical test program under the direction of Dr. Jim King, Canaco's qualified person for metallurgy and process design. The goal of this program is to determine the effect of mineralization, lithology and grade variation on metallurgical recovery, grind size, leach residence time, work index and abrasion characteristics. To this end, the mineralized area of Magambazi was divided into four sectors covering the length of the mineralization. Initial survey tests were conducted on high- and low-grade composites for each sector.

Preliminary results from this test work indicate the metallurgical response is relatively uniform across the mineralization. The combined gravity and leach metallurgical recoveries of gold, measured to date, have ranged between approximately 90% and 98%. Work planned for March includes tests for grind size optimization, evaluation of leach residence time and optimization of cyanide consumption. Thereafter, further testing will determine the relationship between feed head grade and metallurgical gold recovery.

Canaco discovered gold mineralization at Handeni in eastern Tanzania in 2009. Since that time the Company has drilled more than 400 holes along the Magambazi ridge, a 1.4-kilometre outcrop where mineralization was first encountered.

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About Canaco

Canaco is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration company focused on advanced exploration projects in Africa. Built on a foundation of experienced management, the Company is rapidly advancing the Handeni project in Tanzania and is well positioned to build shareholder value through discovery and resource development.

Canaco's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol CAN.

On behalf of the Board of Directors:

Andrew Lee Smith, P.Geo., President, CEO and Director

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