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2013-12-17 12:21:30

Journey through Lush Ugandan Forest Brings Guests Face-to-Face with Rare Animals LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Locking eyes with an almost-500 pound silverback mountain gorilla, with just a few feet of African forest standing in between, travelers participating in Crystal Cruises' newest Overland Adventure may share a scene few on earth will ever see. With just 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, and only a handful of active guests permitted on the excursion,...

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...

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...

2011-09-27 14:43:04

Pessimism prevails in the conservation community because of ongoing habitat destruction and associated threats to species. With the global population surging, conservationists will face increasing challenges to protect imperiled species and habitats A paper by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), James Cook University and Mongabay.com, which was published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution in early August, showed that although large-scale biodiversity declines are...

2011-03-31 00:53:25

New study indicates that ecotourism may be contributing to the decline of mountain gorillas in African preserves In a study published online this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, an international team of researchers report that a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans infected and contributed to the deaths of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. This finding raises questions about the safety of ecotourism for endangered species. The study, which appears in the...

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2011-02-07 13:36:19

Rwandan media reported on Monday that a mountain gorilla in northern Rwanda gave birth to twins, which is a rare occurrence for an endangered species with a population less than 800 individuals. "The twins, both of them males, were born Thursday of a mother gorilla called Kabatwa. They are doing well," Radio Rwanda reported, quoting information from the Rwandan Development Bureau. According to the pro-government daily New Times, only five previous instances of twins have been recorded in 40...

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2010-12-07 12:20:00

Regional authorities said Tuesday that the population of mountain gorillas in their main central African habitat has increased by a quarter in seven years. The majority of the world's mountain gorillas are found in the Virunga massif, which includes three contiguous national parks in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. According to a census carried out earlier this year and funded by local and foreign wildlife organizations, the population of the iconic but endangered...

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2010-01-05 07:35:00

The Virunga National Park, home to 200 of the world's 720 mountain gorillas, is in the path of molten hot lava spewing from a volcano that has erupted in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is also home to elephants, hippos and buffalo, along with a range of reptiles and birds. It's said lava from Mount Nyamuragira began picking up speed when it hit the steep ground near the national park. The volcano is 22 kilometers from the provincial capital Goma, which it last threatened...

2009-09-25 14:26:00

ATLANTA, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- M2SYS Technology, an award-winning biometric technology research and development firm, has finalized an agreement to provide Bwindi Community Hospital with their leading-edge fingerprint identification system as part of a donation effort to support global causes. Bwindi Community Hospital provides healthcare to some of the poorest people in the world, affected with devastating diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and diarrhea, which are...


Latest Mountain Gorilla Reference Libraries

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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