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Baby boom for Uganda's endangered mountain gorillas
Gorilla beringei beringei, more popular as mountain gorillas live in forests in the mountains over 2,000-meter high. They have thicker fur that helps them to survive in a habitat where temperatures often drop below freezing. However, human intrusions into their territory forced them to move higher up in the mountains, which made them endure to live in severer and more dangerous conditions. Despite human invasion, conflict, and poaching, the population of mountain gorillas has increased to over 1,000.
On average, only two births of this endangered species are recorded in Uganda each year. However, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has already seen seven so far this year. What a baby boom!
Did the coronavirus pandemic affect their breeding habit? Have there been fewer visitors or hunters who could have bothered their habitats?
Enjoy reading the article and learn about the baby boom for one of our closest cousins.