Friday, January 23, 2009

Mountain Gorilla Population May Have Declined

This report at Global Voices discusses a new study published in New Scientist that suggests that the number of Mountain Gorillas may have been over estimated somewhat.
We have always known that there are around 700 Mountain Gorillas still alive in the wild today - 336 of which are in Uganda.
The 336 individuals said to be resident in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park were estimated using a method that counts the number of nests that the majestic primates build each night. The new study now indicates that this method may have overestimated the number of individuals in the population since gorillas make more than one nest a night.

In other news, the UN recently declared 2009 as "The Year of the Gorilla".
The United Nations Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals has declared this year (2009) as the "Year of the Gorilla."The declaration is in a bid to help save our endangered 'primate cousins', the gorillas, from extinction.

The Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals observed that the population of the four remaining gorilla species in Africa is being threatened by rampant poaching, deforestation and the dreaded Ebola virus which is taking a deadly toll on the lives of primates and even humans.

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