Gorillas

The Virunga National Park gorillas who enjoy posing for a selfie

The park's deputy director told us the story of the camera loving primates
A photo posted by a Congolese ranger showing him with two posing gorillas in the Virunga National Park, has gone viral online. What's special about this photo is that the gorillas in the background are not just in the frame but seem to actually be posing for the camera. There's a lovely but sad little story behind the picture. BBC Newsday's Lawrence Pollard spoke to Innocent Mburanumwe, the Deputy Director of the Virunga National Park.

(Photo: Virunga National Park rangers with gorillas Credit: Ranger Mathieu Shamavu (c))

Island's mascot gorilla, Indigo, to leave Jersey Zoo

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The gorilla who was the mascot for Jersey's 2015 Island Games is leaving Jersey Zoo.

The adolescent western lowland gorilla called Indigo - who will turn seven later this year - will be taken to his new home in Belgium to join a group of other young male gorillas.

Indigo was born at Jersey Zoo on 27 September 2012 and zookeepers say he's been "an adored member of our gorilla family, whose playful, and often mischievous, personality has been enjoyed by both staff and visitors alike".

He leaves on 23 March.

Indigo
Jersey Zoo

This stage of Indigo’s life is an important time for him to move on. When western lowland gorillas reach six to nine years old, they are at their most adaptable age to deal with this kind of change. In the wild, gorilla groups are quite dynamic — they are family units, but individuals often leave, particularly the young males, and other gorillas come and join the group.

Gordon HuntDurrell’s Deputy Head of Mammals
King Kong musical: Giant 900kg puppet to appear on Broadway stage
A giant 900kg gorilla puppet is about to hit the stage in King Kong the musical in New York, USA.

Infant-loving male gorillas attract more female partners

They have more opportunies to mate when they're nice to infants
Scientists in the United States say they've found out that male mountain gorillas sire more infants than their rivals when they look after the young of their group. American anthropologist Dr Stacy Rosenbaum has told BBC Newsday what they've discovered.

(Picture: Male gorilla at the Toronto Zoo. Credit: Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Gloucestershire gorilla statue to be built

A memorial statue dedicated to a gorilla named John Daniel will be built in the village where he lived.

The baby gorilla was brought to live in Uley near Stroud 100 years ago.

He played with village children and visited the pub, but when he outgrew his owner's home he was sent to America where he pined for his owner and died.

Stroud Council has granted planning permission for a large stone statue to be sited on Uley village green.

Stroud council grant permission for tribute
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A local said Gary the gorilla was staring into her bedroom, so his owner had to act.

Mountain gorillas give birth in DR Congo park

Two mountain gorillas have been born in the Democratic Republic of Congo's famous Virunga National Park, bringing to nine the number of babies born this year, the park has said in a tweet:

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A 19-year-old mountain gorilla named Kayenga gave birth to her third child, a boy, while eight-year-old Anangana gave birth to her first baby, a girl, the park said in a statement.

The mountain gorilla is one of the world's most endangered animals.

"Over the last decade, Virunga National Park’s mountain gorilla families have played a major role in increasing the worldwide population, which now stands at over 1,000," the park said.

"This is a significant jump from the 790 individuals recorded in 2010 and it is fantastic to see this magnificent, yet highly endangered species, continue to thrive," it added.