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Female gorillas detect and avoid sick groups
Gorillas are social animals, living in groups that females will migrate to join, becoming members of harems. Though some factors motivating these migrations were previously known, a research team has just demonstrated that female gorillas are able to avoid conspecifics liable to transmit yaws, which leads to conspicuous ulcers on the animals' faces. (2019-09-11)

Climate change and evolution of Cross River gorillas
International team finds that the divergence of Western lowland gorillas and the critically endangered Cross River gorillas occurred about 17,800 years ago, during the Pleistocene era. (2011-04-04)

Escherichia coli bacteria transferring between humans and mountain gorillas
A new study finds that mountain gorillas are at increased risk of acquiring gastrointestinal microbes, such as Escherichia coli, from humans. The study, published in Conservation Biology, examines the exchange of digestive system bacteria between humans, mountain gorillas and domestic animals with overlapping habitats. (2008-11-24)

Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
Researchers have suggested that gorillas are capable of learning food cleaning behaviors without having to witness it in others first. (2017-12-04)

Extraverted gorillas enjoy longer lives, research suggests
Gorillas with an extravert personality live longer than their more introverted peers, a study suggests. An international team of researchers looked at the role of personality by studying 298 gorillas in North American zoos and sanctuaries for over 18 years. (2012-12-05)

Study finds gorillas display territorial behavior
Scientists have discovered that gorillas really are territorial -- and their behavior is very similar to our own. (2020-03-12)

Mountain gorillas have herpes virus similar to that found in humans
Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have detected a herpes virus in wild mountain gorillas that is very similar to the Epstein-Barr virus in humans. (2017-07-13)

World's most endangered gorilla fights back
In the wake of a study that documented for the first time the use of weaponry by Cross River gorillas to ward off threats by humans, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced today new field surveys to better protect this most endangered great ape. (2007-12-05)

Scientists work to prevent recent Ebola outbreak from decimating gorillas and chimps
The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is working to prevent the recent Ebola virus outbreak from decimating wild populations of gorillas, chimpanzees and other wildlife in Gabon and neighboring Congo. (2001-12-13)

Unexpected nut eating by gorillas
Scientists from the Max Planck institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Washington University in St. Louis have observed a population of western lowland gorillas in Loango National Park, Gabon using their teeth to crack open the woody shells of Coula edulis nuts. The researchers combined direct feeding observations and mechanical tests of seed casings to show that gorillas may be taxing their teeth to their upper limits, year after year, to access this energy rich food source. (2019-08-02)

Adult chimpanzees play more than adult lowland gorillas in captivity
Play is more frequent in captive adult chimpanzees than in captive adult lowland gorillas, according to a study published March 7, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Giada Cordoni and Elisabetta Palagi from Univerity of Pisa in collaboration with Ivan Norscia from University of Turin. (2018-03-07)

A year after discovery, Congo's 'mother lode' of gorillas remains vulnerable
A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that western lowland gorillas living in a large swamp in the Republic of Congo -- part of the (2009-11-23)

Zoology: Western gorillas may be territorial
Groups of western gorillas may defend the centres of their home ranges against neighbouring groups, a study in Scientific Reports suggests. These findings may suggest that western gorillas are territorial. (2020-03-12)

Inbreeding in mountain gorillas may contribute to save the species
Mountain gorillas are large primates critically endangered living in central Africa, but they are adapted to survive in small groups, according to an international research that has sequenced the genome from different gorillas to compare the genomes of all four Gorilla subspecies. The research suggest that, thanks to inbreeding, lots of deleterious genetic variation disappeared from the population, that fact contributed to the survival of the species. (2015-04-09)

Climate change and evolution of Cross River gorillas
Two species of gorillas live in central equatorial Africa. Divergence between the Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and Eastern Gorillas (G. beringei) began between 0.9 and 1.6 million years ago. New research published by BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that the divergence of Western lowland gorillas and the Critically Endangered Cross River gorillas (G. g. diehli) occurred more recently, about 17,800 years ago, during the Pleistocene era. (2011-03-31)

Want to save gorillas? Enforce laws, experts say
The most immediate threat to western gorillas is not habitat destruction as previously believed, but poaching and lack of law enforcement, said a group of experts from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. The group, which recently met in Leipzig, Germany to discuss western gorilla issues, concluded that simple enforcement of existing laws to stop poaching is the key to ensuring the immediate survival of these primates. (2002-06-10)

Mountain gorillas are good neighbours - up to a point
Mountain gorilla groups are friendly to familiar neighbours - provided they stay out of ''core'' parts of their territory - new research shows. (2020-10-28)

In Uganda's Impenetrable Forest, A New Census For Mountain Gorillas
A team of scientists has counted nearly 300 mountain gorillas living in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, bringing the total to around 600 for this most endangered gorilla sub-species. (1997-12-08)

Population of rare gorillas may be increasing in war-torn Congo
An isolated population of rare Grauer's gorillas, living among rebel armies and bands of poachers, has managed to survive in one of the most dangerous regions in Africa, and may even be increasing in numbers, according to a recent census by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). (2005-01-26)

Historical genomes reveal recent changes in genetic health of eastern gorillas
The critically endangered Grauer's gorilla has recently lost genetic diversity and has experienced an increase in harmful mutations. These conclusions were reached by an international team of researchers who sequenced eleven genomes from eastern gorilla specimens collected up to 100 years ago, and compared these with genomes from present-day individuals. The results are now published in Current Biology. (2018-12-27)

Mountain gorilla mamas sidestep having inbred offspring
Some mountain gorilla females linger into adulthood in the group into which they were born. In the process, they also remain in the company of their father, who is often their group's dominant male. To curb inbreeding, though, they appear to tactically avoid mating with their fathers. This strategy works so well that the chances of alpha gorilla males siring the offspring of their own daughters are effectively zero. The findings are published in Springer's journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. (2015-05-20)

Recent census in war-torn DR Congo finds gorillas have survived, even increased
A census team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Insitut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo today announced some encouraging news from a region plagued by warfare and insecurity: a small population of Grauer's gorillas has not only survived, but also increased since the last census. (2011-04-14)

Adult male gorillas call more during feeding than females, juveniles
Gorillas in the wild frequently 'sing' and 'hum' during feeding and adult males call more than their younger or female counterparts, according to a study published Feb. 24, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eva Maria Luef and Simone Pika at the Humboldt Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany, and their colleague Thomas Breuer from the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. (2016-02-24)

Wildlife Conservation Society receives $150,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation to save gorillas
The world's largest and least known type of gorilla will receive a helping hand from Newman's Own Foundation, which has awarded the Wildlife Conservation Society a $150,000 grant to help save the Grauer's gorilla in the war-torn landscape of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (2011-06-08)

World's rarest gorilla ready for its close-up
The world's rarest -- and most camera shy -- great ape has finally been captured on professional video on a forested mountain in Cameroon, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Germany's NDR Naturfilm. (2009-12-16)

Census finds mountain gorillas increasing
A recent census of the Virunga Volcanoes mountain gorilla population has found that the great apes have increased their numbers by 17 percent, according to conservation authorities in Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other groups. The results indicate a total of 380 gorillas, up from 324 individuals in 1989, the last time conditions were stable enough to conduct such a census. (2004-01-17)

What mountain gorillas reveal with their teeth
Mountain gorillas from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda eat up to 30 kilos of plants a day and their diet is highly varied in a habitat that is becoming increasingly fragmented as a result of illegal hunting and deforestation. For the first time, a study shows how dental morphology adapts to the food that is available. The information from the wear on their teeth is used to identify specimens that disappear. (2016-05-11)

For some gorillas, local kin may mean local peace
Scientists studying the western gorilla observed peaceful interactions among neighboring social groups, in contrast to the aggressive male behavior well documented in mountain gorillas. Analysis of DNA from fecal and hair samples of the western gorilla, revealed that these neighboring social groups are often led by genetically related males. These findings suggest connections between genetic relationships and group interactions, parallels with human social and behavioral structures, and clues to the social world of early humans. (2004-03-22)

Fatal respiratory infections in endangered gorillas are linked to human contact
In a study published online this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, an international team of researchers report that a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans infected and contributed to the deaths of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. This finding raises questions about the safety of ecotourism for endangered species. (2011-03-30)

Uganda's mountain gorillas increase in number
The most recent census of mountain gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park -- one of only two places in the world where the rare gorillas exist -- has found that the population has increased by six percent since the last census in 2002, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Max Planck Institute of Anthropology and other groups that participated in the effort. (2007-04-20)

Catastrophic decline of Africa's apes, Nature says
Scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, Princeton University and other organizations have reported in the journal Nature that a dramatic decline of gorillas and chimpanzees is taking place in western equatorial Africa, the last stronghold for great apes on the continent. Ravaged by commercial hunting, and the deadly Ebola virus, gorillas and chimpanzees could be pushed to the brink of extinction during the next decade without immediate protective measures, scientists warn. (2003-04-06)

Gorilla relationships limited in large groups
Mountain gorillas that live in oversized groups may have to limit the number of strong social relationships they form, new research suggests. (2020-07-28)

Bigger gorillas better at attracting mates and raising young
Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found that larger male gorillas living in the rainforests of Congo seem to be more successful than smaller ones at attracting mates and even raising young. (2012-05-01)

Apes shed pounds while doubling calories, CWRU researcher finds
Gorillas in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have dropped about 65 pounds after a year on a leafy green diet created by a CWRU researcher. The change is an effort to combat heart disease, the top killer of male gorillas in US zoos. (2011-02-16)

Study could provide first clues about the social lives of extinct human relatives
A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) of the bony head-crests of male gorillas could provide some of the first clues about the social structures of our extinct human relatives, including how they chose their sexual partners. (2017-05-03)

New park protects 15,000 gorillas
The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that protects a core population of the 125,000 western lowland gorillas discovered by WCS in 2008. (2013-01-31)

Number of wild mountain gorillas exceeds 1,000
A recent census of the critically endangered mountain gorillas conducted in the Virunga Volcanoes found a minimum of 604 individuals. In combination with the 400 individuals living in the only other population in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, these new results push the total number of wild mountain gorillas in the world to over 1000. (2018-05-31)

Human pubic lice acquired from gorillas gives evolutionary clues
Humans acquired pubic lice from gorillas several million years ago, but this seemingly seedy connection does not mean that monkey business went on with the great apes, a new University of Florida study finds. (2007-03-07)

Study garners unique mating photos of wild gorillas
Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have released the first known photographs of gorillas performing face-to-face copulation in the wild. (2008-02-12)

Bipedal humans came down from the trees, not up from the ground
An analysis of wrist anatomy in humans, chimps, bonobos and gorillas indicates our own bipedalism probably did not evolve from a knuckle-walking ancestor. (2009-08-10)

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