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Baby Mountain Gorillas Celebrated by 40,000 People in Rwanda

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Well I just found something to add to my bucket list. Earlier this month 40,000 people gathered in Rwanda for the 10th Kwita Izina, the annual ceremony that celebrates and names all of the known mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) born during the previous year in the Virunga National Park Transboundary Collaboration, which stretches across [...]

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$10-Million Action Plan Aims to Save World’s Most Endangered Gorilla

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Great apes, and species in general, don’t get much rarer than the critically endangered Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli). Fewer than 300 of these rarely seen gorillas remain, scattered across 12,000 square kilometers of habitat along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. Although legally protected in both countries, very little of the territory in [...]

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Great Apes in Crisis: Thousands Poached and Stolen from the Wild Annually

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Nearly 3,000 chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans are illegally killed or stolen from the wild each year, according to a new report (pdf) from the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Great Apes Survival Partnership (GASP). The report, released to coincide with this week’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild [...]

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Guerrilla Marketing to Save Mountain Gorillas: Renewable Energy to the Rescue

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How does dressing up in a really bad gorilla costume help to save endangered mountain gorillas? Well, it’s not actually the costume itself that’s important; it’s what the man inside the costume is also carrying. Take a look at the photo to the left. In one hand, the costumed gorilla holds an energy-efficient stove. In [...]

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Amazing Video: First Camera Trap Footage of Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas

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Very few people have ever seen a Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), the rarest and most endangered of the world’s four gorilla subspecies. Only about 250 to 300 of these animals exist in the world, and they have almost never been photographed in the wild. Well, you’re in for a treat. The Wildlife Conservation [...]

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Ted Turner Donates $1 Million to Help Endangered Gorillas

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Billionaire media mogul Ted Turner has made a $1 million donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to help support a new initiative to save endangered Grauer’s gorillas (also known as eastern lowland gorillas, Gorilla beringei graueri), a subspecies living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose population is on the decline. [...]

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Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas May Have More Room to Grow

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With a population numbering fewer than 300 individuals, Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) are the rarest and most endangered of the world’s four gorilla subspecies. Although they remain threatened by habitat loss and illegal bushmeat hunting, new research shows the gorillas have a bit more potential habitat to roam, and in fact inhabit a [...]

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Human virus linked to deaths of two endangered mountain gorillas

Human illnesses are being transmitted to critically endangered mountain gorillas, putting these rare animals further at risk, new research shows. Centuries ago, mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) lived in relative isolation and were rarely seen by people. Today, they live in just two protected parks, where they are surrounded by human settlements in Rwanda, Uganda [...]

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Gorillas versus charcoal update: Biomass project reaches halfway point

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What do comic books, a reggae band and alternative fuels have in common? They are all part of a project to help save critically endangered mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Last April, I wrote about a project in the DRC that aimed to save mountain gorillas in [...]

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IUCN Red List update: 17,291 species are threatened with extinction

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The 2009 edition of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was released today, and the news isn’t good: 17,291 species out of 47,677 assessed species, or 36 percent, are threatened with extinction. Science currently recognizes around 1.8 million species on Earth (out of an estimated five million to 30 million total species—the true total [...]

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