The Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced the birth of a calf of an eastern lowland gorilla, the first birth of the year 2022 in this reserve considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, reported this Wednesday the Desk Nature portal referring to the park administration.
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The new inhabitant was born into a family led by the adult male Nabirembo, and goes on to swell the population of eastern lowland gorillas, or Grauer’s gorilla (‘Gorilla beringei graueri’), from Kahuzi-Biega, which consists of of 3,815 specimens according to a study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC).
This figure represents more than 60% of the world’s eastern lowland gorilla population, estimated at at least 6,800 individuals, a sharp increase from a previous global estimate of around 3,800 individuals.
This subspecies of gorillas is included in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “endangered”. On the territory of the Kahuzi-Biega nature reserve, along with the eastern lowland gorillas, also live the even rarer mountain gorillas.