A few years ago, when I was well into my now 30-year career studying gorillas, my father asked me, 'Don't we know enough about gorillas by now?'...[details]
Gorillas live in the dense rain forest, where group members often can't see each other, that's why sounds play such an important role in communication. Silverback males are uttering most of the sounds, most well known is the chest drumming, which can be heard over a long distance. Most sound expressions are rather low in volume: a grunt, that can be very versatile and probably has many differnt meanings.
Camera trapping has become a predominant method for wildlife monitoring (Burton et al. 2015; Steenweg et al. 2017), including primates (Gerber et al....[details]
Western gorillas live in social groups that consist of one silverback, several females and immature offspring. Females rely on the silverback who,...[details]
A recent study unveils some of the enigmas associated with the social behaviour of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) from the...[details]
In many primate species individuals coordinate their activities, share space and form groups. But how do groups form, how long can they exist and how...[details]
Finding food and mates is vital for all animals, so that they can grow, maintain metabolic functions, and reproduce. The way animals use their...[details]
In November 2017, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) received a report of a lone male Cross River gorilla sighted near two Nigerian villages (Ofambe...[details]
Culture is a large part of what makes us human. However, we are not the only species that exhibits culture. Culture in non-human animals, defined as...[details]
When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain very serious injuries with their long canine teeth. Over the last 30...[details]
Chisato Abe's exhibition of paintings of gorillas called "The Dream of Forest" was held at the Art Gallery located in the newly opened mega-department...[details]
All species of great apes construct night nests; sometimes in trees and sometimes on the ground. This article is based on daily long-term observations...[details]
At the end of January 2016 the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas complex in the Central African Republic recorded the first ever western lowland gorilla...[details]
All animals - including humans - must eat to survive. The energy derived from food is necessary to sustain basic metabolic and muscle functions,...[details]
Gorillas spend the major part of their life in small social groups led by a mature silverback male. Only young blackback males and mature silverback...[details]
The 21-year-old silverback male Umushikirano (Rano), leader of Titus group in Volcanoes National Park, was found dead on July 28, 2014 by trackers....[details]
December 22, 1956, was a historic day for the zoological world as we welcomed the first successful zoo gorilla birth - a female, eventually named Colo...[details]
As the world's oil reserves continue to decline, interest from major petroleum companies in the largely unexploited reserves of African oil increases....[details]
The mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcano Massif have been the subject of intense research and conservation efforts by the Karisoke Research Center...
Western lowland gorilla tourism exists on a considerably smaller scale than that of the high profile mountain gorillas. Yet the successful habituation...[details]
Gorillas are known among the great apes for their fast life history patterns. In zoos it is common for female gorillas to give birth before reaching...
Following the widely perceived success of mountain gorilla tourism, there has been increasing interest in developing tourism based on the observation...[details]
Since 1999, a long-term survey of gorillas and chimpanzees has been conducted by Kyoto University in Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Gabon. The...[details]
On the 4th December 2007, staff of the Dzanga-Sangha's Primate Habituation Programme (PHP) witnessed the birth of a new gorilla infant into the...