Vila was the matriarch of five generations and a surrogate mother for several hand raised western lowland gorillas
during her lifetime.
Western lowland gorillas
are considered to be a critically endangered species.
Poaching and disease of the gorillas
have resulted in a more than 60 percent decline in population numbers over the course of the last 20 to 25 years.
Closely related to humans and chimps, gorillas
share 98 per cent of the same DNA.
uk Over the past 40 years, I have had the good fortune to spend hundreds of hours in the company of gorillas
in their natural habitat.
The child obviously wasn't posing any threat to the gorillas
, so there's no need to attack him, and I think it's fortunate for the boy that one gorilla
came over and effectively shielded him and kept the other gorillas
A TROOP of giant multi-coloured gorillas
are standing guard over this year's Llangollen Eisteddfod.
CINCINNATI -- A baby gorilla
raised by human keepers wearing hairy vests is ready to be placed with other gorillas
and will move to the Columbus Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo said Friday.
A 2-year-old female Grauer's gorilla
, confiscated from poachers in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in November 2005, was group-housed in a facility with 6 other juvenile Grauer's gorillas
and 1 juvenile mountain gorilla
The baby gorillas
were clothed in human baby clothes and fed human food, named Burma and Ivan by shopping mall customers.
Figures show that tourism has played a significant part in increasing the number of gorillas
Corning s donation will support the organization s ongoing efforts to monitor and protect gorillas
and their habitats in Africa.