Population of Endangered Mountain Gorillas Grows Slightly
by OurAmazingPlanet staff
The world’s mountain gorilla population has grown slightly to 880 animals, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation group. That’s up from an estimated population of 781 animals in 2010.
The critically endangered animals live in only two places in the world — Uganada’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the Virunga Massif area, which spans parts of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.
The latest census counted 400 mountain gorillas living in Bwindi, while 480 animals were counted in the Virunga Massif in 2010…
(read more: Live Science) (photo: Sarel Kromer)
Butterfly season came suddenly to the Dzanga-Sangha reserve, a dense rainforest in the Central African Republic. Furious storms of butterflies filled the air, and their frail brown forms carpeted the earth. They swarmed over Fiona Rogers and Anup Shah and also seemed to pester the gorilla family that the photographers were following. The harassed apes bashed away at the insects and clamped their mouths shut so none would fly in.
Except, that is, for the family’s dominant female, Malui. She plowed straight through one drove of butterflies resting in the bais, as the swampy meadows in the forest are known. Seeming to relish the rush of wings, she paused to let the butterflies envelop her. Then she did it again. - Continue reading at Smithsonian.com.
Photo by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers
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