World’s Rarest Gorilla: First Camera Trap Video Footage of the Cross River Gorilla Revealed

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Video and images of the World’s rarest and most endangered gorilla species, the Cross River gorilla, have been captured by a forest camera-trap for the first time. There are thought to be no more than 300 Cross River gorillas in the wild.

World's Rarest Gorilla, Cross River Gorilla Caught in Camera

Image Credit: thenatureanimals.com

“The video represents the best images to date of Cross River gorillas, normally shy animals that flee at the slightest hint of human presence,” explains Christopher Jameson, director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Takamanda Mone Landscape Project where the Cross River gorilla lives, in a press release. “The footage provides us with our first tantalizing glimpses of Cross River gorillas behaving normally in their environment. A person can study these animals for years and never even catch a glimpse of the gorillas, much less see anything like this.”

According to the researchers, one of the gorillas in the footage appears to be missing a hand. A sign that it was likely injured by a snare probably set for other animals.

Below is a video of the Cross River gorillas showing them going through the forest in Cameroon.

Video Credit: YouTube/WCSMedia

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