Cross River gorillas are rarely seen or photographed. Extremely shy of humans, they live in most rugged & inaccessible parts of their range. In total, there are only about 300 individuals found in an isolated region along the Nigeria/Cameroon border. https://t.co/u3lLQ8rLHIpic.twitter.com/BssO9MkoQg
The gorillas tend to avoid humans and their few populations have been the target of hunters in the past. Images of the gorillas were also captured in 2012 in Cameroon’s Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.
The latest sighting is proof that Cross River gorillas are “well protected and reproducing,” after decades of being targeted by hunters, Inaoyom Imong, director of Cross River Landscape for Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria said in a statement.
The society said it has been working with several communities to ensure the gorillas’ protection and since 2012, no deaths of the subspecies have been recorded or reported in Nigeria.
Gabriel Ocha, head chief of Kanyang, one of the villages near the Mbe Mountains, said the images are proof that his community’s conservation efforts with the WCS are yielding results.
“I am very happy to see these wonderful pictures of the Cross River gorillas with many babies in our forest,” Ocha said in a statement.
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