Latest Mountain Gorilla Stories
Light-fingered chimpanzees are changing the way subsistence farmers make a living in Africa by causing them to grow different crops and spend more time guarding their goods.
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.
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.
Study in Congo protected area helps researchers understand selective factors in gorilla behavior and reproduction
Pessimism prevails in the conservation community because of ongoing habitat destruction and associated threats to species.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mount Bisoke, also known as Visoke, is an active stratovolcano that is located on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its summit, which reaches an elevation of 12,175 feet, is located in Rwanda. This volcano is in the Virunga Mountains, which is part of the Albertine Rift, in the western section of the East African Rift. It is protected within Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Like all of the...
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:...
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....
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...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.