Archive for January, 2009

Congo park reports 10 gorillas born in 16 months

Posted by admin January 27th, 2009

The Congolese Wildlife Authority says the gorilla population has grown in an eastern Congo park that is home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. A census released Monday shows 10 baby gorillas have been born since August 2007 in Virunga National Park. Park director Emmanuel de Merode calls the status of gorillas [...]

DR Congo gorilla numbers growing

Posted by admin January 27th, 2009

The population of threatened mountain gorillas in eastern DR Congo is now growing, local wildlife officials say. According to a census carried out by rangers in the Virunga National Park, 10 baby gorillas have been born in the last 18 months. The park population now stands at 81, and there are only 700 of mountain [...]

Fewer Mountain Gorillas Than Believed

Posted by admin January 23rd, 2009

Bad news from Uganda: the mountain gorilla population in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is smaller than previously estimated. Until recently, environmentalists believed 336 gorillas resided in the park. Now it looks like the number has dropped to 302. Why the change? The population numbers are usually collected by counting nests and examining the dung [...]

DNA tests suggest mountain gorilla population ‘shrunk’

Posted by admin January 22nd, 2009

Experts could have to scale back their estimates of how many mountain gorillas are left in the wild after a new survey cut numbers in one of their main habitats. Only around 700 of the gorillas still live in the wild after years of uncontrolled hunting, destruction of their forest habitat and illegal capture as [...]

Humans in ape suits skate to save gorilla cousins under UN plan

Posted by admin January 16th, 2009

A United Nations campaign to halt the slide towards extinction of one of human-kind’s closest relatives gained moment today with troupe of skaters in ape disguise taking to the rink at London’s Natural History Museum, highlighting the them ‘Gorillas on Thin Ice.’ The event is part of the launch of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) [...]

Militia kills ranger in Congo national park

Posted by admin January 12th, 2009

A militia killed a ranger in a Democratic Republic of Congo park where authorities are trying to protect endangered gorillas threatened by civil war, the park said. A Mai Mai militia attacked a ranger station in the Virunga National Park on Thursday night and killed ranger Safari Kakule, according to a news release from the [...]