World’s rarest gorillas with babies spotted in Nigeria

Theodora Aidoo July 10, 2020
Pic Credit: WCS Nigeria

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has captured new images of the world’s rarest gorillas with several babies in southern Nigeria. The rare sight of the Cross River gorillas was spotted in the Mbe Mountains in Cross River State.

The WCS announced Wednesday that it “has released the first-known camera trap images of a group of Cross River gorillas with a number of infants of different ages.”

“These recent images are the first time that multiple infants have been recorded in the same group,” WCS said.

According to conservationists, the Cross River gorillas are rarely seen or photographed. They are extremely shy of humans and they live in most rugged and inaccessible parts of their range.

Cross River gorillas
Pic Credit: WCS Nigeria

In total, there are only about 300 individuals found in an isolated region along the Nigeria/Cameroon border. In 2012, images of the gorillas were also captured in Cameroon‘s Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.

In a statement, Inaoyom Imong, director of Cross River Landscape for Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria said that the latest sighting is proof that Cross River gorillas are “well protected and reproducing and populations are recovering as a result of field-based protection efforts.”

A silverback Cross River gorilla
Pic Credit: WCS Nigeria

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Cross River gorillas are the world’s rarest great ape. The WCS said it is working closely with the Conservation Association of the Mbe Mountains, as well as, authorities in Nigeria’s Cross River state to protect the primates.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: July 10, 2020


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