26 Jul '11, 10pm

Six Gorillas Orphaned by Poachers Get Airlifted Home

The six gorillas, between the ages of five and eight years old, are believed to have been smuggled from a wildlife preserve in the Congo into the Rwanda by poachers, who likely killed the animal's parents. Wildlife traffickers probably planned to sell the animals as exotic pets or for their meat, which is considered a delicacy in some regions of Africa. Fortunately, however, authorities were able to seize the endangered gorillas from different parts of Rwanda before they met such grim fates. The rescue is being hailed as step in the right direction for both Congolese and Rwandan wildlife protection agencies, who have been working in partnership to reduce poaching in wilderness preserves along their shared border. After a brief stay at a facility in Rwanda, the gorillas were handed back to authorities in the Congo -- with some special help from two gorilla conservation grou...

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