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World Gorilla Day

Today is World Gorilla Day.

Gorillas were heavily hunted by trophy hunters for their parts in the 19th and 20th century, to be sold as trinkets, souvenirs and sold for zoos.

Gorillas are the largest living apes, reaching heights between 1.25 and 1.8 meters, weights between 100 and 270 kg, and arm spans up to 2.6 meters, depending on species and sex. They tend to live in troops, with the leader being called a silverback. The Eastern gorilla is distinguished from the Western by darker fur color and some other minor morphological differences. Gorillas tend to live 35–40 years in the wild.

In the 60's Dian Fossey set to research Mountain gorillas in an extensively way, becoming famous for her unorthodox ways to protect gorillas from poachers, traders and zoo's.

After her murder, the gorillas she loved so much are still getting monitored and protected.

Learn more about the incredible gorillas and their human warriors defending them:

Meeting the gorillas in Rwanda who owe their lives to David Attenborough with Gorilla expert OBE Ian Redmond, a tropical biologist who worked with Dianne Fossey's as his research assistant. Ian Redmond is the Gorilla Ambassador for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

Listen to Episode 1, Parts 1 and 2, of Talking Apes Podcast Season 2 here: Wider World by CS: The woman who died to save the gorillas. ( 0:18 / 1:02:45

Thinking of Koko on World Gorilla Day

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