31 May '18, 9pm

A new census found there are now more than 1,000 mountain #gorillas!

A new census found there are now more than 1,000 mountain #gorillas!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Washington, D.C. Today the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) celebrates a conservation win for mountain gorillas after a new census reveals that their total combined population numbers have surpassed 1,000, up from the previous global number of 880 in 2011. This is the largest amount of mountain gorillas ever recorded in the transboundary Virunga Massif, which is an area encompassing 174 square miles of Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, and is one of only two locations in the world where the great apes can be found, the other being Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The survey was conducted by two thorough sweeps of 12 teams over 1,242 miles of densely forested terrain and included data collection of physical signs—actual sightings of gorillas and their nest sites—as well as genetic testing of fecal samples removed from the n...

Full article: https://www.awf.org/news/new-mountain-gorilla-census-reve...

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