Western lowland gorilla and the first female explorer
Dian Fossey was an American primatologist and conservationist who undertook an extensive study of mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She observed them for 18 years and wrote the best-selling book Gorillas in the Mist which recounted her experiences. Fossey was brutally murdered in 1985 and her work was continued by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
Who was the female explorer who lived with the low-land gorillas?
The female explorer who lived with the low-land gorillas was Dian Fossey. Fossey was an American primatologist and conservationist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. Her research was groundbreaking in its scope and duration and she is credited with bringing international attention to the plight of the endangered gorillas. Tragically Fossey was murdered in 1985 and the case remains unsolved.
Western lowland gorilla
The Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is a subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) that lives in the lowland forests of Cameroon the Central African Republic Gabon Angola Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo. They are the smallest and darkest of all Gorilla subspecies with males weighing up to 140 kg (310 lb) and females up to 90 kg (200 lb).
The Western lowland gorilla is an endangered species with a population that has declined by 60% over the last 25 years. Habitat loss and destruction as well as hunting for bushmeat are the main threats to the survival of these subspecies.
Has there been a logging concern to secure rights to the EBU forest endangering the lowland gorillas?
Currently, there is no logging concern to secure rights to the EBU forest. The EBU Forest is a protected area and therefore no logging or other extractive activities are allowed. However, there has been some illegal logging in the past which has endangered the lowland gorillas that live in the forest. The gorillas are now protected by law and there are patrols that monitor the forest for any illegal activity.