Mountain gorilla family group

Mountain gorilla family group

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) family group, including a silverback male (left) and infant (centre). Mountain gorillas are found in cloud forests high on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes between Rwanda, Uganda and Zaire. The high elevation and rainfall makes this habitat wet and cold. The adults eat many kilograms of vegetation daily, and can reach over 2 metres in height. Infants stay with their mothers for 3 to 4 years. This slow reproductive rate has left mountain gorillas vulnerable to habitat destruction, poaching and war, making them highly endangered. Photographed in Virunga National Park, Rwanda.

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