Photo: Gorilla "Paradise" Found; May Double World Numbers



A recent census in the Republic of the Congo found 125,000 western lowland gorillas—like the baby and mother seen above—thriving in dense forests and swamps in the northern part of the country, wildlife officials announced on August 5, 2008.

The discovery, if confirmed, would more than double the world's estimated population of the critically endangered ape subspecies.

Photograph courtesy Thomas Breuer/Wildlife Conservation Society/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


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