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  1. Gorilla Species (WWFUS.org)
      "There are four subspecies of gorillas, two of which are categorized as western gorillas, and two as eastern gorillas. All of these subspecies - western lowland gorilla, Cross River gorilla, Grauer's and mountain gorillas - are found only in Africa and all are threatened with extinction in the wild. Gorillas continue to face threats such as hunting for the pet and bushmeat trades, as well as habitat loss caused by logging, mining and human encroachment. These majestic great apes vary in population and distribution across their range states, yet share a common need: Each of the four subspecies requires active conservation measures and commitment to ensure their future survival in the wild." 12-03

  2. Gorilla Using Tools (CBS News)
      "A young gorilla in a Congo sanctuary is smashing palm nuts between two rocks to extract oil, surprising and intriguing scientists who say they have much to learn about what gorillas can do, and about what it says about evolution."

      "It had been thought that the premeditated use of stones and sticks to accomplish a task like cracking nuts was restricted to humans and the smaller, more agile chimpanzees." 9-05

  3. Gorillas - Mountain (African Wildlife Foundation)
      Provides facts and a picture. "The gorilla is shy and retiring rather than ferocious and treacherous. It usually seeks no trouble unless harassed but will valiantly defend its family group if threatened." Mountain Gorillas are endangered - "Only about 630 of these individuals remain." 1-01

  4. Gorillas - Mountain (Kids' Planet)
      Includes a description and a drawing.

  5. Gorillas Endangered Species Program (WWFUS.org)
      Provides news and programs to support endangered gorillas. "The largest of the great apes, gorillas are among our most endangered species. Having endured decades of civil war in the region, gorillas are confronted by the devastating consequences of increased habitat loss, poaching for the bushmeat trade and the spread of dangerous diseases like Ebola." 12-03

  6. Gorillas, A Conversation (PBS)
      Provides information about communication with gorillas, especially Koko, a gorilla who can use sign language. 3-00

  7. Young Gorillas Dismantling Traps (National Geographic)
      "Just days after a poacher's snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene." 07-12

Projects
  1. Gorilla Sign Language (PBS Online and Nature)
      Teaches how to sign with Koko, the gorilla. Requires the (free) Flash plug-in. 7-00

   
   


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