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Twin gorillas born in DR Congo
17 January 2011

Towards the end on 2010, rangers at Kahuzi Biega National Park in eastern DR Congo celebrated the birth of twin gorillas. The twins were born healthy and well in to the Chimanuka group and are the fourth pair of twins to be born in to this unique family.

There are fewer than 5,000 eastern lowland gorillas remaining in the wild and Kahuzi Biega National Park is home to one of the largest populations. The birth of the twins brings the number of gorillas in Chimanuka’s family to a grand total of 30 individuals.

Tuver Wundi, the Gorilla Organization’s Congolese communications manager, visited Chimanuka’s family in January 2011 to check on the twins’ progress. “The family all look very well. I was not able to see the twins as the mother is keeping them very safe and out of the way – she is proving to be an excellent mother” says Tuver.

Kahuzi Biega National Park was first established in 1937 to protect the resident population of eastern lowland gorillas. Since then there have been two major wars in the area, the First Congo War (Nov. 1996 - May 1997) and the Second Congo War (Aug. 1998 - July 2003), which resulted in a large number of animals losing their lives.

Today the situation has much improved and the Congolese wildlife authority (ICCN) is operating vigorously to monitor the gorillas and protect the park. The birth of the twins and the growth of Chimanuka’s family is testament to the hard work of the rangers and brings great hope to this special population of gorillas.

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David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123
david@gorillas.org
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