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2008-12-05 15:05:00

Countries with laws against gorilla poaching are vowing to step up their enforcement of such laws in light of claims from environmental groups that countries don't do enough to implement them. The United Nations on Monday proclaimed as 2009 the Year of the Gorilla in order to raise funds for protection of the primates from disease, hunting and deforestation.The Year of the Gorilla (YoG) campaign is spearheaded by a number of top experts including Jane Goodall, the renowned biologist and...

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2008-12-02 08:25:00

The U.N. is focusing on fund raising as it launches the "Year of the Gorilla", an effort to raise half a million euros ($630,000) for primates threatened with extinction from disease, hunting and deforestation. The U.N.-backed Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals said they would use the money to fight the animals' biggest threats. "We need to use the resources that we raise to promote more gorilla-watching tourism, to get more equipment and infrastructure to...

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2008-11-29 08:45:00

Cameroon has established a new national park that seeks to protect the world's rarest gorilla. Takamanda National Park, which borders Nigeria, is home to an estimated 115 endangered Cross River gorillas. Experts believe the total population of the subspecies is less than 300. The move coincides with an initial meeting in Rome of governments of 10 gorilla range states that seek to protect the endangered primates. The Gorilla Agreement, finalized in June, includes all the countries where the...

2008-11-25 15:13:21

Mountain gorillas in Uganda are at increased risk of getting gastrointestinal bacteria from humans, researchers found. The study, published in Conservation Biology, examined the exchange of digestive-track bacteria between humans, mountain gorillas and domesticated animals living in overlapping habitats. The findings indicated the presence of identical, clinically resistant bacteria, in gorillas, implying that antibiotic-resistant bacteria or resistance-conferring genetic elements transfer...

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2008-11-25 08:25:00

Researchers say mountain gorillas face an enormous risk of contracting gastrointestinal microbes, like Escherichia Coli, from humans. The study examines the exchange of digestive system bacteria between humans, mountain gorillas, and domestic animals with overlapping habitats. The findings are published in Conservation Biology. Researchers found gorillas had identical, clinically-resistant bacteria which could mean that antibiotic resistant bacteria are transferring from humans to gorillas....

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2008-11-22 17:35:00

Rangers returned to Virunga National Park on Friday after being forced to flee the area in September 2007 when armed Tutsi rebels loyal to General Laurent Nkunda took over the park's gorilla sector. Virunga's gorilla sector is home to 200 of the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas, which live in forests along the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. The sector suffered repeated attacks in 2007, during which 10 mountain gorillas were killed. A rebel offensive last month forced the rangers to...

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2008-11-10 16:27:33

Park officials in East Congo said on Monday that conflict has put more than a quarter of the world's last mountain gorillas at the mercy of armed groups who hunt and camp in their territory.  The gorillas now face even greater extinction because no rangers are left to protect or care for them. Recent conflicts between Tutsi rebels and the government army and militia allies have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, which is home...

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2008-11-07 09:05:00

Officials with a Boston zoo said a western lowland gorilla was doing well after being put under anesthesia for a colonoscopy and other tests. Zoo New England, which operates the Franklin Park Zoo, said the 36-year-old gorilla, Gigi, was put under anesthesia and submitted to the tests after suffering digestive problems and failing to respond to treatment as well as veterinarians had expected, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Thursday. "We did not find anything abnormal. While the colonoscopy looked...

2008-09-08 21:00:18

DALLAS - The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo - her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said Friday. Zoo officials euthanized Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach. The International Species Information System, which maintains records on captive animals, confirmed that Jenny was the oldest gorilla in its database. "We had a tough time saying goodbye," said Todd Bowsher, curator of the...

2008-09-07 12:00:13

By Associated Press DALLAS -- The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo -- her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said. Zoo officials decided to euthanize Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach. Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and tests showed she was unlikely to recover, zoo spokesman Sean Greene said Friday. "The last couple of weeks we noticed that she hadn't been feeling all...


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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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