World’s rarest great ape pictured with babies


first_imgABUJA – Photos have been released for the first time in years showing a group of rare gorillas in the mountains of southern Nigeria, conservationists say. WCS in Nigeria, an international non-governmental organisation, said the pictures were captured by camera traps in the Mbe mountains. Only 300 Cross River gorillas are known to live in the wild. WCS PHOTO Cross River gorillas are the world’s rarest great ape, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says. They are naturally wary of humans and have subtle distinctions from other species – such as smaller heads, longer arms and lighter-colored hair. A number of infant gorillas are visible in the shots taken earlier this year. But the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says this sighting raises hopes that the animals at risk of extinction are actually reproducing. Only 300 Cross River gorillas are known to live in the wild, making them the most endangered sub-species. The primates were known to live in some mountainous areas in Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon but are rarely seen. (BBC)last_img

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