Four mountain gorillas were slaughtered last week in a Congolese National Park. This kind of illegal hunting of highly threatened species is one of the biggest threats to wildlife around the world, and Conservation International is leading the fight to put an end to it. Help us take action now!
Gorillas are endangered. It is time that humans step in to help the gorilla. After all some believe the gorilla is our closest ancestor. SAVE THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA. Watch the horrible circumstances these gorillas face
This is a teaser I cut for an upcoming feature length documentary about saving the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda. Identity Foundation provides boots for the preservationists, books for the local schools and support to prevent the poaching of these amazing creatures. There are only 700 left in the entire world!
Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla
Until recently there were considered to be three species of gorilla, The Western Lowland, The Eastern Lowland and Mountain Gorilla. There is now agreement that the gorilla is divided into two species of at least two subspecies each. More recently it has been claimed that a third subspecies exists in one of these groups.A silverback is an adult male gorilla, typically more than 12 years of age and named for the distinctive patch of silver hair on his back. A silverback gorilla has large canines that come with maturity. Black backs are sexually mature males of up to 11 years of age.
Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop of 5 to 30 gorillas and is the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop.
Gorillas are endangered. It is time that humans step in to help the gorilla. After all some believe the gorilla is our closest ancestor. SAVE THE MOUNTAIN GORILLA
Four rare mountain gorillas are shot dead in the Congo. It's the largest gorilla massacre in known history. Park rangers must risk their lives to catch the killers and save this endangered species. Also featured on the front cover of National Geographic Magazine. Visit www.natgeotv.com for more info.
The Great Gorilla run takes place on September 27th in London, a 7km course through the sites of London with all the runners dressed as Gorillas; all in the aim to raise money and awareness of the declining population of Mountain Gorillas in Africa.
For more information on the whole event, visit www.greatgorillas.org
Furry creatures with a difference (and a purpose) -- see http://www.justgiving.com/ozaru2008 (or www.justgiving.com/ozaru2009, 2010 etc. depending on today's date!)
This parody on the Wombles song video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ2mJPSccvo) was made as a bit of fun when preparing for the Great Gorilla Run 2008, to help raise funds for the critically endangered mountain gorillas. With the subsequent chaos in Congo (see www.gorillas.org/Congo_Crisis) it's become even more important.
WATCH MORE ON VBS TV.......
Recently Congolese rebels led by a pro-Tutsi Jesus freak named General Nkunda seized control of Virunga National Park at the top right corner of the DRC, where it borders Rwanda and Uganda. Virunga is home to roughly of a quarter of the world's population of the extremely endangered mountain gorillas.
In fact, we agreed so hard that we decided to go to Uganda with Edun Live in order to see some living mountain gorillas for ourselves.
This is our story.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be off the grid in Africa? We spent nine days in Uganda... three days in the southwest of the country visiting the Mountain Gorillas. The video is an overview - it shows just the highlights. We have posted five additional Episodes on our website plus the "uncut" video showing just the Mountain Gorillas. You can watch more videos here: http://ourdistantjourney.com/africa/uganda. I would highly recommend Uganda.
Gorillas share 98% of our DNA. They are practically family... We visited the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and what a sight it was. To be only a few feet away from them in their natural habitat, each group we saw, 13 and Hirwa, went on their business as usual. Then, Mommy and Daddy in "Hirwa" group decided to make a baby in front of us. Priceless!!! The Silverbacks (group leaders), as the mature males are called, can reach 400+ pounds and can live to be 50 years old. Mountain gorillas subside mostly on stems, leaves and bamboo. Fortunately, poaching in Rwanda has been stopped a few years ago. Size of family groups can range from 5-46.
How ironic that the one creature deemed all violent is the most peaceful: the mountain gorilla. With only 720 remaining, Craig Sholley of the African Wildlife Foundation teaches us about his organization's efforts to preserve gorillas in Rwanda. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Wild mountain gorillas lead a peaceful life, spending their days eating, sleeping, and playing. Large silverbacks, the same ones depicted as violent in movies like King Kong and Congo, patiently allow baby gorillas to climb all over them, and unless they are threatened, do not show aggression toward humans or each other. Watch and learn from the intelligence, gentle nature, and vulnerability of this most human-like species. Distributed by Tubemogul.
We often think that when a wild mountain gorilla beats his chest, it means he is angry, and you'd better get out of his way. But it is really just his way of either showing off, getting rid of anxiety, or merely just staying in contact with his family. Craig Sholley, the explore team's guide to the gorilla population of Rwanda, explains the nuances of gorilla communication, from the "belch vocalization" of a content silverback to the angry "pig grunt" of a female feeling threatened on her own turf. Distributed by Tubemogul.
For the wild mountain gorillas of Rwanda, the forest is a gigantic salad bowl. A gorilla can — and will — eat up to 60-70 different species of plants that it finds growing wild in the jungle, though its favorite is without doubt the gently shoots of young bamboo plants. Follow these peaceful, veggie-loving creatures as they forage for food to satiate their very healthy appetites. Distributed by Tubemogul.