Monday, August 29, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - Researchers study gorillas' social habits

Milwaukee's Journal Sentinal has an interesting article from Susanne Quick on the researchers such as Martha Robbins at Bwindi studying the endangered Mountain Gorillas and their social habits.
With vines growing up, down, sideways and diagonally, looking for mountain gorillas along the steep, blanketed slopes of the Virunga volcano foothills is no "walk in the park."

But for Martha Robbins it's all in a day's work. Robbins earned her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now is a researcher at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Robbins has been studying endangered mountain gorillas for 15 years. She's been in Bwindi - home to almost half of the world's 750 remaining mountain gorillas - since 1998, where she's followed a particular group that now consists of 14.