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.
THE eastern lowland gorilla
is one of four species of primate on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.
In the south of the country, however, a recent upsurge of poaching for bushmeat has hit the eastern lowland gorilla
. The rare sub-species numbered about 280 individuals in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in 1996; today its numbers are believed to have been more than halved.
has reported that in the past five years, the eastern lowland gorilla
population in the Congo has declined 90 percent.
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.
Four subspecies are acknowledged today: the Eastern lowland gorilla
, mountain gorilla, Western lowland gorilla, and Cross River gorilla (the most western and northern form).
"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.
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).
MAJESTIC MAMMALS Female eastern lowland gorilla
with her son