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Mountain Gorillas Join Social Networking Trend

September 1, 2009

A Wildlife Authority spokeswoman said on Monday that Facebook and Twitter users will be able to “befriend” rare Ugandan mountain gorillas, as well as track their movements.

Lillian Nsubuga told AFP that the scheme was designed to promote Uganda’s nascent tourism industry, and users will be able to receive updates about their endangered primate friends.

“Through geo-tracking and GPS, you’ll be able to get information about new births within the family and other information,” she said, referring to a program that will launch online next month.

Wildlife officials also have plans to install cameras around Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to about 740 of the world’s mountain gorillas, which is one of the most endangered species on the planet.

People will be able to watch live footage of the gorillas online as they eat and trek through the thick terrain.

Mountain gorillas are one of Uganda’s main tourist attractions, and they are only found in two other countries, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dian Fossey made the mountain gorillas known throughout the world after studying a group of gorillas for over a period of 18 years.

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