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The Cross River Gorilla

Updated: Feb 12

The cross-river gorilla is one of Africa most endangered apes, there are only 200- 300 hounded of them lift in the wild. Cross river gorilla a declining because of conflict with humans, poaching, diseases, and habitat loss.



The Cross River Gorilla:

In Nigeria, there are conversations and efforts to track down the cross-river gorillas and bring them back into existence. The cross-river gorilla is a breed of the Western Gorilla that makes them a sub-species of the western gorillas. They mostly live on the mountain tops of the cross river near the Nigeria and Cameroon borders in west Africa. They were named after the cross-river mountains near the Nigerian/ Cameroon Borders.


Research on the animals shows that the cross-river gorillas are a unique subspecies physically and genetically different from their peers. According to The North Carolina Zoo, the curator conservation and research center fear that the gorilla will disappear forever. They have been studying cross-river gorillas for over twenty years. They have been using satellite imagery and human trackers to study and track down endangered species.


The researchers are trying to find out how the gorillas move across different landscapes. Most importantly how they migrate to and from different areas of the forest. Researchers are also trying to figure out the distribution of the habitat and the forest landscape that the gorillas have left and in what way they are all connected. Researchers are using satellite imagery trackers to study the beaver of the gorillas; from the way, they eat to where they sleep and how they used the landscape together.


The gorillas live on the mountaintop so that they can avoid human contact and avoid being hunted by hunters. The gorillas isolated themselves in difficult remote areas that make it hard for the hunter to hunt them. The population of cross-river gorillas is ridiculously small, and the odds of human contact are exceedingly rare.


The cross-river gorilla diversity is decreasing which makes it almost impossible for them to live and function with diseases and among humans which makes reproduction exceedingly difficult. They also have a terribly slow reproductive rate one female gorilla gives birth every four to six years. However, one female gorilla breeds about three-to-four-time in their lifetime.


We are losing cross-river gorillas because of deforestation; hunters are hunting gorillas for food resources. As a result, they are in constant fear of human contact. However, in an effort to help the gorillas the North Carolina conservation zoo is trying to preserve the endangered animals by developing computerized data.


collection system to collect data about the animals so that conservationists in the fields that are studying cross-river gorillas can be used to give them a better understanding of the animals. Conservation Ade in Nigeria and Cameroon are being put in place to protect and prevent the extinction of the cross-river gorillas. They are working to restore and support National parks and community support for the gorillas to live and be protected from hunters.


Resource:

Cross River Gorilla Conservation https://earth.org/endangered-species-day/ https://onekindplanet.org/animal/gorilla-cross- river/#:~:text=The%20Cross%20River%20Gorilla%20is%20a%20subspecies%20 of%20the%20Western,after%20which%20they%20are%20named.


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