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The recent deaths of three young, dominant silverbacks among the mountain gorilla groups have been dramatic. The staff is monitoring the groups' behaviors closely, and conducting research to determine the best protection for the groups.
Cantsbee, dominant silverback in the large Pablo group of mountain gorillas, turns 36 this month. He is one of a few remaining gorillas who had been observed by Dr. Dian Fossey, and has set an example of successful leadership.
After 19 years as Fossey Fund President and CEO, on Oct. 1 Clare Richardson assumed the title of President Emeritus, Strategic Initiatives Officer, while Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., formerly the Fund's vice president and chief scientist, became the new president and CEO.
Dominant silverback Bwenge, son of historic silverback Titus, has died at age 24, after being wounded in an interaction. Elder female Maggie led the group for a while, until an apparent merge with another group.
The Fossey Fund has begun field work in the Congo's Kahuzi-Biega Park, observing a habituated group of Grauer's gorillas. This is the Fund's third location for long-term gorilla research and conservation. Initial research and training have gone well.
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