May 9 - Video images of the world's rarest and most endangered gorilla species, the Cross River gorilla, have been captured by a forest camera-trap for the first time. There are thought to be no more than 300 Cross River gorillas in the wild and conservationists hope the footage will prompt efforts to help save the species from extinction. Rob Muir reports.
They wandered into camera range deep in the jungle of Cameroon's Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary. The Cross River gorilla is the world's rarest. No more than 300 are believed to exist in the wild. The species has been decimated by habitat destruction, their range taken over by farms and natural resource exploitation. For the Wildlife Conservation Society, whose researchers installed the camera trap in February, the images were an unexpected but thrilling surprise. The troop appears healthy, although one of their number is missing a right hand, evidence, say the WCS, of the presence of snares within the family group's range in the past. The conservation group hopes its footage will draw global attention to the gorilla's vulnerability and spark efforts to help it survive. Rob Muir, Reuters.