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Following the death of Rano, the dominant silverback in the historic Titus group of mountain gorillas, three young silverbacks have maintained joint leadership. We will follow new developments closely to see if they establish a hierarchy.
The Pablo mountain gorilla group, followed by the Fossey Fund for many years, and the Susa group, followed by the Rwanda Development Board for tourism, have a long and interesting relationship.
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, turned 36 November. 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.
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