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Busch Gardens® Tampa has welcomed another endangered western lowland gorilla. The female gorilla was born on Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Silverback Gorillas in Virunga

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See silverback gorillas stalking each other in Virunga. Tags: virunga congo gorillas

Four Mountain Gorillas Die

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Another Dead Mountain Gorilla

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A post-mortem is being conducted on Bariyanga, a mountain gorilla found dead in Virunga. Tags: virunga africa congo gorillas There are now only five members left in her group. This link takes you to a picture of her.

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Alex Halperin sent a link to this essay (of his) about Rwandan gorillas

Gorilla Rangers Return to Virunga

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The Gorilla Sector of Virunga National Park is inhabited by 200 of the last remaining 700 critically endangered mountain gorillas in the world. Tags: virunga africa gorilla congo endangered species Since September 2007, it has been occupied by rebels who had driven the rangers out. "It Now it's time to assess the damage.

Search Begins for Mountain Gorillas

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Now that the rangers have been allowed back into Virunga, they are going to conduct a census to determine what's happened to the mountain gorillas living there. Another nagging worry remains: the gorillas simply won't be there any more. He says: "We've not had reports of any gorilla killings. Spirits are now high at Rumangabo.

Mountain Gorillas Left Unprotected in Virunga

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And the mountain gorillas are once again vulnerable. The rebels have taken over the wildlife rangers' headquarters and the gorillas are unprotected. About 200 of the 700 remaining mountain gorillas are in this forest. Tags: virunga africa gorilla war congo Of course, there is more war in the Congo. Always, always, war.

Year of the Gorilla Begins

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On Monday, December 2, 2008, the Year of the Gorilla was launched by the UN and Monaco's Prince Albert. Tags: united nations gorillas Officials for the U.N.-backed Half a million euros? That's all they think they can raise? That's setting your sights pretty low. Reminds me of Dr. Evil asking for One. Million. Dollars.).

Mountain Gorilla Ranger Slain in the Congo

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Protecting mountain gorillas in the Congo is dangerous work. Tags: virunga war congo gorillas endangered species

Uganda Benefits from Mountain Gorilla Survival

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Uganda is seeing a growth in tourism dollars from visits to see its mountain gorillas. There are only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the world. Tags: developing countries africa economic development ecotourism uganda gorillas This is very important. Lets hope it continues to flourish.

Cute Pictures from Mountain Gorilla Births in February

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virunga happy news primates mountain gorillas endangered speciesTwins born in February, a rare event! Here's the link to some cute pictures! Eerie how similar to humans they appear.

Extraordinary Growth in Mountain Gorilla Population

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Surprisingly, the mountain gorillas have prospered under the rule of the Congo rebels. In contrast, the 2007 murders of 10 gorillas occurred under the Congolese government's control. The new tally brings the Virunga mountain gorillas to an estimated 211—including 10 babies born during the rangers' absence.

Cameroon Sets Up Park for Gorillas

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Cameroon, with one of Africa’s highest rates of deforestation, has set up a new national park to protect gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants and a rare type of antelope called bongo. Tags: conservation africa park gorillas endangered species cameroon Let's keep our fingers crossed that it provides effective protection.

Young Lowland Gorillas Released into Nature Reserve

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Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Supports Congo Communities

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the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund "Coins for Congo" program. The mountain gorillas have a special place in my heart (awwwwww!). Tags: virunga poverty economic development congo gorillas I strongly support conservation organizations that work with and support surrounding human communities. They are also the most logical.

UN Launches Projects to Help Mountain Gorillas

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Habitat destruction is a very serious threat to the mountain gorilla. The 2009 Year of the Gorilla (YoG) partnership is supporting a project enabling local residents in areas endangered by increasing demands for fuel – not least the Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – to buy low-cost, fuel-efficient stoves.

African Activists Work to Save Gorillas

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Five Baby Mountain Gorillas Found at Start of Congo Census

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Here's a video of the gorillas and the babies (be patient, it tends to start and stop). Things are not all peaceful yet either.

Things Continue to Look Up for Mountain Gorillas

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The Rangers in Virunga can continue their daily routines of removing poachers snares (536 snares were found during the recent census taking), filming newborn gorillas and simply enjoying the results of their tremendous sacrifices to protect the gorillas. We have finger prints, gorillas have nose prints. And did you know.

So Far, Mountain Gorilla Deaths Only from Natural Causes

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Pretty amazing that the 7 mountain gorilla deaths recorded thus far in Virunga have all been due to natural causes. Tags: virunga gorilla congo Remember that Virunga National Park has been under Congolese rebel control since 2007 and the park rangers have only just been allowed back in.

Gorilla E-News from the Dian Fossey Fund

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I signed up yesterday to get email alerts from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Tags: virunga congo gorillas I called the fund and spoke to the front desk person who said this was the best way to get updates from them about the situation in the Congo. I am so worried about these animals.

Congo Rebels Claim They Are Protecting the Gorillas

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The rebels insist the gorillas are safe. “We Tags: virunga war congo gorillas This New York Times article doesn't have much new to report. I did notice this though. Officials with Virunga National Park are urging the rebels and government troops to allow them to return to work. In the meantime.

Rangers Return to Virunga

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The gorilla rangers have returned to Virunga after more than a year's exile. Tags: virunga congo gorillas

Volcano Threatens Endangered Chimpanzees

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The 700 remaining mountain gorillas are safe because they are out of the lava's path, but about 40 endangered chimpanzees and other animals living in the area are directly threatened. Tags: natural disaster chimpanzees virunga africa congo gorillas

UN Envoy Arrives in Congo for Peace Talks

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A Congolese minister says that "In 2007 alone, we recorded the slaughter of 15 mountain gorillas and more than 20,000 antelopes,".adding Tags: congo gorillas Things are very, very bad. It's a humanitarian and ecological disaster. The UN has got to wrap this up. 30,000 to 1,000? 20,000? I don't have the words to react anymore.

Six Thousand Leave Virunga, One Ranger Killed

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Six thousand people (over 1,000 Congolese soldiers with their families) have left Virunga National Forest where so many of the remaining mountain gorillas live. Tags: virunga gorilla congo This development is the result of an agreement between the army and the Congolese Wildlife Authority. You can donate to his family here.

Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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The imprisonment of the Rangers comes after a lengthy trial in the North Kivu province courts initiated after the July 2007 massacre of 5 mountain gorillas that was met with outrage around the globe. The charges included the massacre of the gorillas and involvement in the illegal charcoal trade. And these particular guys deserve it.

Visit the Official Virunga Forest Web Site for Updates

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Progress in the Congo? Relief for Virunga?

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We've got to get the gorilla rangers back into Virunga. Tags: virunga congo gorillas endangered species I hope so. According to the AP. The U.N. Security Council agreed Thursday to send 3,100 more peacekeeping troops to Congo, while rebels said they remained committed to a pullback from the front lines despite an army attack.

Mad about the Congo

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I suppose I've come to this pretty late and gorilla people already knew that this trouble was brewing. The rebel forces in the Congo have controlled the gorilla sector of Virunga since 2007. Tags: virunga congo gorillas Clearly, I haven't been following this as I should have been. How far can diplomacy really go? We got Saddam.

Virunga Wildlife Rangers On the Offensive Against Militias

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The Congolese rangers protect the wildlife in Virunga National Park, the most famous inhabitants of which are the 700 remaining mountain gorillas. Tags: virunga rwanda africa congo gorillas endangered species These rangers are very brave people with possibly the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Animals Dying in Virunga National Forest

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Obituary for Shinda the Silverback

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This from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund website. Tags: obituary africa gorilla Shinda had been observed to be unwell for about two weeks when, on Nov. 22, our trackers could not find him within his group, probably because he was too weak to catch up with them. 24, but he had already died.

From Today's Los Angeles Times

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The zoo, surely, carries responsibility for deficiencies in its enclosure. In light of this horrible incident, is it right for the zoo to carry on a breeding program that subjects more animals to such unnatural lives? Finally, what of the audience? The hysteria of the crowd surely played a part in escalating an already frightening situation.

Congo Officer Arrested for Baby Chimp Sales

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In this case, someone confused a baby chimp with a baby gorilla. ICCN (Congolese Wildlife Authority) rangers received a tip-off that someone in Goma was trying to sell a baby gorilla. The rangers set up a sting operation, where one of them posed as a foreigner interested in buying the gorilla.

Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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At the London Zoo, three female gorillas gussy up for a visit from a handsome male gorilla brought in from nearby France. If the matchmaking goes well, the zoo hopes to welcome its first baby gorilla in more than 20 years. A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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These favor common law personhood, as a matter of liberty, at least for those nonhuman animals, such as chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, dolphins, and whales, who possess such highly advanced cognitive abilities as consciousness, perhaps even self-consciousness; a sense of self; and the abilities to desire and act intentionally.

Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead?

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I've read of the mountain gorillas in Virunga grieving over the loss of a silverback. A couple of studies imply that chimpanzees may mourn their dead. I believe they do. I believe that great apes do have that capacity. Heck, even my cats visibly missed old Charlotte who died last August. I'm sure many will dismiss these studies regardless.

On "Pets" and "Its"

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Here are some observations: When reading a book about gorillas to/with a seven-year old, I was struck by the mixed messages the book sent. Here 's the book, and in the preview you can see that in the beginning when the gorilla being described is male he is referred to as "he." The Nor'easter cured me of that longing. So far so good.