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Wild Gorillas Signal Using Odor
2014-07-10 03:02:41

PLOS Silverback gorillas appear to use odor as a form of communication to other gorillas, according to a study published July 9, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michelle Klailova from University of Stirling, UK, and colleagues. Mammals communicate socially through visual, auditory, and chemical signals. The chemical sense is in fact the oldest sense, shared by all organisms including bacteria, and mounting evidence suggests that humans also participate in social chemical...

Young Gorillas Observed Dismantling Poacher Snares
2012-07-23 07:04:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what can only be described as an impassioned effort to save their own kind from the hand of poachers, two juvenile mountain gorillas have been observed searching out and dismantling manmade traps and snares in their Rwandan forest home, according to a group studying the majestic creatures. Conservationists working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International were stunned when they saw Dukore and Rwema, two brave young...

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2012-06-12 14:19:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Scientists reported in the American journal of Primatology that gorillas use a type of "baby talk" when communicating with infants. A team of scientists studied captive western lowland gorillas by watching and filming the animals as they interacted. Western lowland gorillas have a wide range of communication gestures, so the team focused on facial expressions and hand signals used in play. Eva Maria Luef from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary...

Guerillas Threaten Gorillas In Congo’s Virunga National Park
2012-05-15 11:47:17

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Heavily armed Congolese rebels taking refuge in their country´s Virunga National Park are placing endangered mountain gorillas under additional threat, according to conservation officials. The park is home to a large portion of the world´s remaining 800 mountain gorillas and park officials said that the situation means conservation efforts must be either modified or placed on hold. "We are deeply concerned with the safety of the mountain...

Rare Cross River Gorilla Caught On Camera
2012-05-09 04:48:09

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A system of video camera traps set by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has captured evidence of the Cross River gorilla, a notoriously reclusive and endangered species of primate. “The video represents the best images to date of Cross River gorillas, normally shy animals that flee at the slightest hint of human presence,” said WCS director Christopher Jameson. “The footage provides us with our first tantalizing glimpses of...

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2012-05-01 12:21:20

Study in Congo protected area helps researchers understand selective factors in gorilla behavior and reproduction Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found that larger male gorillas living in the rainforests of Congo seem to be more successful than smaller ones at attracting mates and even raising young. The study–conducted over a 12-year period in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the...

Critical Habitat And Corridors For World's Rarest Gorilla
2012-02-01 08:57:24

Protection of forest habitat could support larger population of Cross River gorillas Conservationists working in Central Africa to save the world's rarest gorilla have good news: the Cross River gorilla has more suitable habitat than previously thought, including vital corridors that, if protected, can help the great apes move between sites in search of mates, according to the North Carolina Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups. The newly published habitat analysis,...

2011-07-25 09:23:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six endangered Grauer's gorillas were airlifted from a rehabilitation facility in Rwanda to a center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this weekend. The gorillas will remain at the center until they are ready to be released back to the wild. The two-day operation included a helicopter airlift with the primates moved one at a time from Goma to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center near...

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2011-04-15 09:22:07

Census team led by Wildlife Conservation Society, ICCN braves insecurity of imperiled Kahuzi-Biega National Park A census team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Insitut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced some encouraging news from a region plagued by warfare and insecurity: a small population of Grauer's gorillas has not only survived, but also increased since the last census. The...


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Eastern Gorilla, Gorilla beringei
2014-04-14 12:11:51

The Eastern Gorilla (Gorilla beringei) is a species of the genus Gorilla and the largest living primate. Currently, the species is subdivided into two subspecies. The Eastern Lowland Gorilla (G. b. graueri) is the most populous at about 5,000 individuals. The Mountain Gorilla (G. b. beringei) has only roughly 700 individuals. Additionally, scientists are considering elevating the Bwindi Gorilla population to the rank of subspecies. There are at least two subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla:...

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2007-01-02 11:06:23

The eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) is a subspecies of Eastern Gorilla. It is now only found in the forests of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. This subspecies is sturdier in appearance than the western lowland gorilla. It has longer teeth, a stronger jaw and a broader torso. They have black coats, which in males turns silver at the back as the animal matures. Habitat and diet Eastern lowland gorilla is predominantly herbivorous, eating mostly leaves....

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2007-01-02 11:04:49

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of two subspecies of Eastern Gorillas. It is only found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three national parks. Some claim that the Bwindi population in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a third subspecies. A census taken in 2003 has shown a 17% increase in population size since 1989. There are now a total of 380 gorillas in 30 social groups. However, the mountain gorilla continues to be considered...

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2007-01-02 11:00:22

The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is a subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). It lives in montane, primary, and secondary forests and lowland swamps. It is found throughout all or parts of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Of all gorillas it is the least endangered and is the gorilla usually found in zoos. The western lowland gorilla eats plants and, occasionally, insects....

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2007-01-02 10:58:46

The western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) is the most populous species of the genus Gorilla. Population estimates vary, but it is likely that there are approximately 80 to 100 thousand individuals of this species. Nearly all are of the nominate western lowland gorilla subspecies, but there are as many as 300 individuals of the cross river gorilla.

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