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Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

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Rare images of a group belonging to one of the most endangered gorilla subspecies in the world suggest their numbers could be recovering after decades of persecution, conservationists in Nigeria have said.

Seven Cross River gorillas including infants of varying ages can be seen in the first known camera-trap images of the species, taken in the Mbe mountains in south-east Nigeria by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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The gorillas are rarely seen and are thought to be extremely wary of humans following a long history of persecution. They often reside in the deepest, most inaccessible pockets of terrain.

Once thought to be extinct after decades of aggressive poaching, the gorillas were rediscovered in the 1980s. Conservationists believe there are about 100 gorillas in Nigeria.

Otu Bernard Eban, the head of the local Abo clan, said poverty a lack of awareness had heightened the threats to several engaged species in a region rich in biodiversity. “Seeing this today rekindles my hope,” he said.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/09/group-of-six-rare-cross-river-gorillas-caught-on-camera-in-nigeria

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thatfoxyfeeling

They look so majestic, so sad what humans have done to other species on Earth. :bradley:

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TimisaMonster

That's great! 

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River

evolution sucks, I want to be in the wild again :yennefer:

I'm not serious 99% of the times ;)
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RenegAde

It's actually culturally a taboo for indigenes  of some of the south eastern state of Nigeria to harm monkeys or other related species.  If you are caught you'll  pay a huge  fine. 

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Doot

it was comedy GIF by CBC

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KanyeWest

I love gorillas, I hope they are protected and live in peace 

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ImTired

Ugh. I wish they wouldnt let pics like these out. Just let them live. 

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