A study was published several days ago in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B examining the social relationships among 13 mountain gorilla groups in Rwadna over 12 years. Typically, mountain gorillas have social groups of 12 to 20 individuals. A group of this size often yields the most diversity in relationships. Mountain gorillas... Continue Reading →
Positive news on the conservation front, where the number of mountain gorillas is over a 1,000 individuals. The survey found the Virunga population has risen to 604 among in 41 social groups... Compared to the 480 individuals counted in the last survey in 2010. The only other place mountain gorillas survive is in Uganda’s Bwindi... Continue Reading →
Many animals, including chimpanzees and bonobos, have food related calls... But aside from anecdotal reports, there was no evidence of this behavior in gorillas, until now. A new paper in PLoS One documents that the wild western lowland gorillas in the Republic of the Congo sing and hum when eating, as a way to express... Continue Reading →
Footage filmed for a new BBC series 'Gorilla Family & Me' reveals what goes on after dark. A family of endangered gorillas are led into the trees by a silverback known as Chimanuka. The clips capture them making and settling in their nests in and around a tree, the first ever film of this behavior... And at... Continue Reading →
A newborn baby Western lowland gorilla naps in the arms of Frala, its mother at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. It is about a week old and we don't know if the new addition is male or female.
The first complete genetic map of the mountain gorilla was published several days ago. It is the most extensive genetic analysis of mountain gorillas ever conducted. The importance of it cannot be stressed due to the fact that mountain gorillas are critically endangered. With such small numbers, and the risk of extinction, they are burdened... Continue Reading →
Eva Maria Luëf and Katja Liebal of the Free University of Berlin have published in the American Journal of Primatology a new paper documenting the occurrence of motheresein 24 captive lowland gorillas. During a 4 month observation of these gorillas, it was observed that elder gorillas used different gestures to start and stop play. To... Continue Reading →
Last October, London Zoo saw the birth of a new baby gorilla? He has since been named Tiny and he's walking now.
I wanted to ask all Primatology.net readers that live in or around the San Francisco Bay Area, or will be visiting to please consider attending a fun-filled evening of art, music and delicious food in support of the Gorilla Foundation. It will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the 111 Minna Street Gallery... Continue Reading →
VBS.TV producers were so concerned with the mass gorilla slayings that happened a year ago in Virunga, that they went to Bwindi, in southern Uganda, and made a three part documentary on mountain gorillas. It is titled, "Gorillas in the Midst." They've put up their show for everyone to watch online. If you don't know... Continue Reading →