Endangered Cross River Gorillas Caught on Camera

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May 9 2012 3:05 PM

Endangered Cross River Gorillas Caught on Camera

Cross River Gorillas, members of one of the planet's rarest endangered species, were recently caught on camera in Cameroon.


Researchers are going bananas after capturing video of one of the world’s most endangered species, the Cross River Gorilla.

This footage from Cameroon's Kagwene Gorilla sanctuary shows a group of eight Cross River Gorillas, a species with a total population of about 300, moving noisily along the forest floor. 


One of the four gorilla sub species, the Cross River lives in the mountainous region of the Nigerian-Cameroon border, where habitat loss and poaching have greatly reduced their numbers. One gorilla in the footage is missing a hand, possibly at the hands of a poaching snare.

Though the gorillas are safer in the 20 sq kilometer sanctuary because of ant-poaching patrols, most of the species lives outside the patrolled area. 

Along with being illegal, poaching the Cross River seems like a foolish endeavor. Would you mess with this guy?

Video produced by Krishnan Vasuvedan.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.


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