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A census of the Virunga gorillas

  • Conrad Aveling (a1) and Alexander H. Harcourt (a2)
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Mountain gorillas exist in the wild today only in the Virunga volcanoes, which span the borders of Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda, and in the Bwindi Forest Reserve of Uganda, and number probably fewer than 400. The authors describe the 1981 survey of the entire Virunga gorilla population, the first to be done since 1973. The results clearly show how the gorillas in the Rwanda. section of the volcanoes have benefited from the protection afforded by the activities of the Karisoke Research Centre and the Mountain Gorilla Project in Rwanda. There is also optimism that the Zaire population, which has retained the potential for increase, could recover if given better protection from poaching and disturbance.

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Harcourt, A.H. 1981. Can Uganda's gorillas survive?—a survey of the Bwindi Forest Reserve. Biol. Conserv. 19, 269282.
Harcourt, A.H. and Fossey, D. 1981. The Virunga gorillas: decline of an ‘island’ population. Afr. J. Ecol. 19, 8397.
Harcourt, A.H., Fossey, D. and Sabater, Pi. J. 1981. Demography of Gorilla gorilla. J. Zool, Lond. 195, 215233.
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Weber, A.W. and Vedder, A. 1983. Population dynamics of the Virunga gorillas: 1959-1978. Biol. Conserv. 26, 341366.
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Oryx
  • ISSN: 0030-6053
  • EISSN: 1365-3008
  • URL: /core/journals/oryx
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