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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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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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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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Baby Mountain Gorilla Rescued from Poachers

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This is the face of wildlife crime: a tiny, frightened mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) baby rescued Sunday from poachers in Rwanda. The gorilla was confiscated from a team of poachers as they crossed the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. The men came from both countries and told police [...]

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Snails and endangered gorillas: Perfect together?

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How do you save critically endangered gorillas? One idea, currently being tested by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is to introduce snails to Nigeria. More specifically, snail farming. The idea is that snail farming could provide both a revenue stream and a new source of protein for Nigerians, making the poaching of gorillas less attractive. [...]

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Gorillas in the list: New extinction fears for central African gorillas

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Illegal logging, the bushmeat trade, mining, the charcoal trade and a new strain of the Ebola virus could drive gorillas into extinction in central Africa in as little as 15 years, according to a new report from the U.N. and Interpol. Three of the four gorilla subspecies are already considered critically endangered, and the fourth [...]

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Gorillas versus charcoal: Biomass to the rescue

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Every day, Virunga National Park gets a little bit smaller. The forest, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the last homes of the majestic mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). It is also the main source of energy—in the form of wood—for the millions of people who live in areas surrounding the park, [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Camera Trap Monday: Cross River Gorilla

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Another day, another stunning camera trap photo. This one is of a silverback Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), the rarest of the four gorilla subspecies, and it was taken in Nigera’s Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. There are only some three hundred individuals from this subspecies still living in the wild, and they’re only found [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Gorilla Through Glass

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One of the main challenges with photographing the non-human animals at the zoo is shooting through glass. Sometimes you just can’t get an angle without any glare, but sometimes it doesn’t matter. Photos taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo. Top, with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens. Bottom, [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Best Animal Stories of 2012

Allen's swamp monkeys. San Diego Zoo.

By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak Humans have a complicated relationship with our non-human cousins. Some animals we invite into our homes, and treat as members of our families. Indeed, in November of this year singer Fiona Apple made headlines when she announced that she would cancel the South American segment of her tour [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Guest Post! Seeing the Monkey in the Mirror

Editor’s Note: While I’m on vacation, I’ve arranged a series of guest posts from other writers who routinely cover animal behavior and cognition. Today’s post, about the controversial mirror self-recognition test in primates, comes from the blogger at Serious Monkey Business. Follow her on twitter: @SrsMonkeyBiz. I have a confession: one of my favorite things [...]

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