The mountain gorillas' close relative, the eastern lowland gorilla
, or Grauer's gorilla, though more numerous, has not fared so well.
To provide further evidence for the potential for disease emergence at the human-NHP interface, we report a human herpes simplex vims type 1 (HSV-1) infection in an eastern lowland gorilla
(Grauer's gorilla, Gorilla beringei graueri).
The most threatened Congo Basin gorilla species is the eastern lowland gorilla
, which lives mostly in eastern Congo's North and South Kivu regions," said Nellemann, a UN Environment Programme official.
Four subspecies are acknowledged today: the Eastern lowland gorilla
, mountain gorilla, Western lowland gorilla, and Cross River gorilla (the most western and northern form).
Because the violence has been so persistent and the research areas so vulnerable, scientists don't really know how badly Eastern Lowland Gorilla
populations have been affected.
has reported that in the past five years, the eastern lowland gorilla
population in the Congo has declined 90 percent.
In the south of the country, however, a recent upsurge of poaching for bushmeat has hit the eastern lowland gorilla
I was there to visit the Kahuzi-Baiga National Park home to the Eastern Lowland Gorilla
and I did indeed catch up with the gorillas and the Mountain Gorillas further north in the Virunga National Park.
This was brought home to me years ago when I was in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with wild Eastern Lowland Gorillas
and then the famous Mountain Gorillas.