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2008-09-06 18:00:16

THE oldest living gorilla in captivity has died at her home in the US. Dallas Zoo spokesman Sean Greene said today that Jenny was put down at the age of 55 because of an inoperable tumour in her stomach. Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and zoo officials decided to put her to sleep last night after test results showed she was unlikely to recover. She was one of five gorillas at the zoo. Gorillas in the wild normally would live to age 30 or 35, experts say. Of the...

2008-09-06 18:00:16

By LINDA STEWART BALL By Linda Stewart Ball The 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 Friday. 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. "The last couple of...

2008-09-03 15:00:03

By DIANA GRAETTINGER; OF THE NEWS STAFF EAST MACHIAS - A giant gorilla was kidnapped in broad daylight Sunday from in front of Sandy's Sales on Route 1. No ransom demand had come from the kidnappers as of Tuesday, but the Maine State Police are investigating and have put out an all- points bulletin on the primate - an 8-foot mechanical ape. The gorilla has been a favorite local attraction at the year- round flea market store, and owner Lowell Miller, 79, wants it back, no questions...

2008-08-07 12:00:46

By BEN MCCONVILLE By Ben McConville The Associated Press EDINBURGH, Scotland Can there be more lurking in the mist? Despite a startling find announced Tuesday that doubled the estimated number of western lowland gorillas in central Africa, scientists warned that hundreds of primate species remain in danger of extinction. A census by the Wildlife Conservation Society raised the estimate for gorillas in the Congo jungle to around 200,000 from a previous estimate of between 50,000 and...

2008-08-06 09:00:31

More than 125,000 western lowland gorillas were tallied in the northern part of the Republic of Congo, conservationists said Tuesday in New York. The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society said researchers were thrilled to find so many of the endangered great apes in an area covering 18,000 square miles. Previous estimates in the 1980s suggested that were less than 100,000 western gorillas over all of central Africa. The WCS said successful long-term management of the Republic of...

2008-08-06 06:00:24

For so long now, there has been almost nothing but bad news about the likely fate of gorillas. They have been the victims of deforestation and incessant warfare in Central Africa. They have been hunted for meat. They are susceptible to the Ebola virus. Estimates in the 1980s suggested that there were roughly 100,000 western lowland gorillas - one of four subspecies. Since then, that number was thought to have declined by half. But a rigorous new census of western lowland gorillas conducted...

2008-08-06 06:00:24

By Andrew C. Revkin A grueling survey of vast tracts of forest and swamp in the northern Congo Republic has revealed the presence of more than 125,000 western lowland gorillas, a rare example of abundance in a world of rapidly vanishing primate populations. As recently as last year, this subspecies of the world's largest primate was listed as critically endangered by international wildlife organizations because known populations - estimated at less than 100,000 in the 1980s - had been...

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2008-08-05 06:20:00

Wildlife researchers announced on Tuesday the discovery of 125,000 western lowland gorillas deep in the forests of the Republic of Congo, nearly doubling the originally projected population of the critically endangered species. The newly discovered gorillas were counted in two areas of the northern part of the country covering 18,000 square miles, the Wildlife Conservation Society said. Estimates from the 1980s had suggested fewer than 100,000 of the great apes had survived and many experts...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

Text of report in English by Martin Tindiwensi entitled "United States to support mountain gorilla conservation" published by Rwandan newspaper The New Times website on 16 July Rubavu [western province]: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, Claudia A. McMurray, has said that her government will continue to support the conservation of the unique species of mountain gorillas found in the Virunga Mountains. McMurray said this while at a two-day...

2008-07-15 09:00:45

Text of report by Rwandan news agency RNA Kigali, 15 July: As conservationists in Virunga park struggle to protect the forests that are home to the much prized gorillas, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda [FDLR] Rwandan- backed rebels in DRCongo also want to make charcoal from cutting down the trees, as a recent encounter revealed. Conservationists with organizations such as Wildlife Direct report that the park's dense forest is rapidly being depleted of its trees to...


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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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