gorillas

Zookeepers Work to Combat Teen Gorilla’s Phone Addiction

Zookeepers Work to Combat Teen Gorilla’s Phone Addiction

Apparently it isn’t only human caretakers who have to worry about how much time their teenagers spend on their phones.  Zookeepers at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago say that a teenage male gorilla named Amare is spending so much time looking at visitors’ phones that it’s distracting him from important real-life interactions with his […]

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    ‘Exciting’ Mountain Gorilla Population Increase, Census Reveals

    ‘Exciting’ Mountain Gorilla Population Increase, Census Reveals

    By John C. Cannon The outlook for eastern Africa’s mountain gorillas is growing brighter, as a recent census released on Dec. 16 shows that the subspecies’ numbers have risen since 2011. Scientists believe there are now at least 1,063 mountain gorillas living in the wild. Tara Stoinski, the CEO and chief scientific officer of the […]

    Conservation and ‘Renewed Hope’: Mountain Gorilla Numbers Rebound

    Conservation and ‘Renewed Hope’: Mountain Gorilla Numbers Rebound

    First, the good news. Collaborative conservation efforts have brought “renewed hope” for mountain gorillas and two large whale species, according to today’s update from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The mountain gorilla subspecies moved from “critically endangered” to “endangered” due to anti-poaching patrols and veterinary interventions. In […]

    Critically Endangered Gorilla Gives Birth at Florida Zoo

    Critically Endangered Gorilla Gives Birth at Florida Zoo

    Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida announced on Wednesday the arrival of a healthy baby western lowland gorilla, a critically endangered species. The 4.8-pound female was born last Friday and has not yet been given a name, according to the zoo’s press release. The zoo said that the baby’s mother, a 22-year-old named Kumbuka, initially […]

    Mountain Gorilla Population Surpasses 1,000, Despite Challenges

    Mountain Gorilla Population Surpasses 1,000, Despite Challenges

    Numbers of critically endangered mountain gorillas are on the up, following conservation efforts in the transboundary Virunga Massif, one of the two remaining areas where the great ape is still found. Survey results released Thursday reveal that numbers have increased to 604 from an estimated 480 in 2010, including 41 social groups, along with 14 […]

    Park Ranger Murdered While Protecting Critically Endangered Gorillas

    Park Ranger Murdered While Protecting Critically Endangered Gorillas

    A wildlife ranger tasked with protecting critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas was killed this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park, Mongabay reported. Munganga Nzonga Jacques, 26, died Oct. 4 in an area in the Tshivanga region of the park, an area previously believed to be safe for the gorillas, showing the […]