Rare gorillas caught on camera

First-ever footage of great ape in Cameroon's Ebo Forest could help campaign to protect the habitat and its many species of primate.

Girls on film: a pregnant female gorilla poses for the camera. © Gorilla Guardian Clubs
Girls on film: a pregnant female gorilla poses for the camera. © Gorilla Guardian Clubs

Gorillas in Cameroon’s Ebo Forest have been caught on camera for the first time.

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Trailcam footage taken by the Gorilla Guardian Clubs programme shows three individuals in the forest, including one pregnant female.

This clip shows the mother-to-be clearly catching sight of the camera.

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The Gorilla Guardian Clubs is led by Ekwoge Abwe, who grew up in rural Cameroon and is now a passionate great ape conservationist.

The Ebo Forest covers 2,000km2, making it one of the largest tracts of forest left in the region, and is home to 11 species of great apes and monkeys, including a significant population of an endangered chimpanzee subspecies.

Its small population of western gorillas could be a new subspecies, but this is yet to be confirmed.

The Whitley Fund for Nature released the footage, saying it could add impetus to Abwe’s drive to have the forest declared a national park.

Watch other trailcam videos of Ebo Forest’s gorillas

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