Rare gorilla species believed to be extinct found in Nigerian forest

Rare gorilla species believed to be extinct found in Nigerian forest

- Cross River gorillas, a species that was thought to be extinct, have been captured on camera with multiple babies

- Rare images of the gorillas were captured by a conservationist and they are proof that the subspecies is reproducing

- Conversation efforts were established for the gorillas more than two decades ago

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Rare images of Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in the Mbe mountains of Nigeria have been captured on camera by conservationists.

The images are proof that the subspecies, once feared to be extinct, is reproducing amid protection efforts, The Canary reports.

Briefly.co.za notes that John Oates, who helped establish conversation efforts for the gorillas more than two decades ago, was excited about the new images.

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Rare gorillas thought to be dead years ago are found with babies in Nigeria

Cross River gorillas. Photo credit: WCS Nigeria/AP
Source: UGC

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Rare gorillas thought to be dead years ago are found with babies in Nigeria

Rare gorillas thought to be dead years ago are found with babies in Nigeria
Source: UGC

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Oates, who is a professor emeritus at City University of New York and a primatologist, told the Associated Press:

“It was great to see evidence that these gorillas in these mountains are reproducing successfully because there have been so few images in the past.
“We know very little about what is going on with reproduction with this subspecies, so to see many young animals is a positive sign.”

In other news, a group of 13 rangers based in Vuruga National Park under elite anti-poaching and combat trackers unit have been killed in the Democratic Democratic of Congo.

Briefly.co.za learnt that the officers, aged between 23 and 40 years old, were ambushed by rebel soldiers on their way to the park headquarters whereupon they encountered a civilian vehicle that had been attacked.

A funeral service for the slain officers was conducted on April 27. The motive behind the military ambush remained unclear.

According to the management, the attackers, who were members of a group of armed Rwandan militants known as FDLR-FOCA, turned guns on the officers.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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