Saving gorillas on the brink
Andrew Plumptre is senior conservationist in the Uganda Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
The Grauer's gorilla, the world's largest great ape, is named for Rudolph Grauer, who explored the Itombwe region in the eastern part of present-day Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 20th century. One of four gorilla subspecies, Grauer's gorillas can weigh more than 400 pounds and are closely related to the better known mountain gorilla. In the past two decades, these gorillas have fallen from 17,000 individuals to just 3,800, largely due to bushmeat hunting by local miners. Read more about the gorillas in Saving the World's Largest Gorillas from the Brink of Extinction.
Power in the jungle
Casualties of an unfair war
Silverback Grauer's gorilla
Willing to serve
Hitching a ride
Home needing protection
Bamboo forest near the summit of Mt. Kahuzi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to critically endangered Grauer's gorillas.
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