Nov 09

Meet the Chimanuka gorilla family of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC

Where do the biggest gorillas in the world live?  It is well known that gorillas are the largest primate (except for a few very large humans) but we can now take you – virtually – to the only place in the world where you can find the biggest gorilla sub-species, the Eastern Lowland or Grauer’s Gorilla, in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). This tour takes you to meet Chimanuka, the silverback leader of a group of 36 individuals living in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. You’ll also learn some of the finer points of “gorilla etiquette” from your host, Ian Redmond, and learn how to produce a “contact call” to warn the gorillas that you’re nearby!

Two species of gorilla are now recognised, each of which has two sub-species. The Western Gorilla Gorilla gorilla includes the Western Lowland Gorilla of Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Angola (Cabinda only) and DRC – known to scientists as Gorilla gorilla gorilla – and the Cross River Gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli. The Eastern Gorilla includes the Mountain Gorilla Gorilla beringei beringei of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi, and the Eastern Lowland Gorillas Gorilla beringei graueri that we’ll be visiting in this tour.

Click on the image above or here to begin the tour!


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