Sunday, 5 December 2010

Twin gorillas born in Congo

Gorilla family group now 30 strong

December 2010: Twin gorillas have been born at Kahuzi Beiga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

They join the Chiminuka group - and are the fourth pair of twins born into the family.

There are fewer than 5,000 eastern lowland gorillas remaining in the wild and Kahuzi Biega National Park, on the eastern edge of DRC, is home to one of the largest populations.

Kahuzi Beiga ranger Tuver said: ‘The birth of the twins brings the number of gorillas in Chiminuka's family to a grand total of 30, which is wonderful.

No one has yet managed to photograph the newborn twins so here is a photo of the magnificent Chiminuka - the proud father.

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