Skip to comments.Wildlife Conservation Society Discovers "Planet of the Apes" [ 125K gorillas found ]
Posted on 08/05/2008 10:49:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
The new census tallied more than 125,000 western gorillas in two adjacent areas in the northern part of the country, covering an area of 18,000 square miles (47,000 square kilometers). Previous estimates from the 1980s placed the entire population of western lowland gorillas, which occur in seven Central African nations, at fewer than 100,000. Since then, however, scientists had believed that this number had dwindled by at least half, due to hunting and disease... The new census was the result of intensive fieldwork carried out by the Bronx Zoo-based WCS and the Government of Republic of Congo. The researchers combed rainforests and isolated swamps to count gorilla "nests" to accurately estimate the population. Gorillas construct nests each night from leaves and branches for sleeping. Population densities ranged as high as eight individuals per square kilometer in one particularly rich forest patch, which ranks as among the highest gorilla density ever recorded... The tally of northern Congo's gorillas incorporates 73,000 found in the Ntokou-Pikounda region and 52,000 from the Ndoki-Likouala landscape, where a previously unknown population of nearly 6,000 gorillas was discovered in an isolated raffia swamp. WCS cautioned that many of the gorillas live outside of existing protected areas, though the Government of Congo has committed to creating a new national park in the Ntokou-Pikounda region.
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It’s pretty easy to overlook 125,000 gorillas.
C’mon and rock me Dr. Zeus.
When you want to demagogue the issue of wildlife to get major donations it is.
When does hunting season start?..........
Especially if you're keeping your head down the whole time.
Can any number on any subject regarding species extinction(excepting middle aged white men) be believed? Next week we will find them on the species protected list right next to Alaskan polar bears.
Oh noes, they foundz my ‘rilla stash. Now I gotta find another place to put ‘em.
Or up your or your friends orfice.
Gorilla....the other white meat......
Hey, it was just a little Lowland Gorilla humor.
I wonder if this means the possibility of bigfoot has become more of a reality? ;)
Another argument in favor of Bigfoot.... :p
The Bigfoot film footage was finally admitted to be a hoax by the last guy to be connected with it after he died..........
Nuh uh! I saw a very detailed and scientific frame-by-frame analysis of that film on the History Channel last week, and the conclusion was that it couldn't have been faked.
The guy’s that made it were laffing their asses off I’m sure from where they are..........
I wonder if ACORN has registered them to vote yet?
If he could make that admission after he died he had more going for him than the big foot film.
His relatives released the info per his last wishes...............
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