Endangered Cross River Gorillas Caught on Camera

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May 9 2012 3:05 PM

Endangered Cross River Gorillas Caught on Camera

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

Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images

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. 

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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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