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When 24-year-old dominant silverback Kirahure, who was the leader of Kuryama’s group, was wounded this summer and later disappeared and died, his group was fortunate to have another silverback available to take over leadership: 22-year-old Vuba.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has been working with staff of Kahuzi-Biega National Park to study the only habituated group of Grauer’s gorillas, which is led by a silverback named “Chimanuka,” who is quite an interesting leader!
It has been a little more than year since dominant silverback Rano died unexpectedly on July 28, 2014 at the age of 21. Rano (short for “Umushikirano”) was the leader of Titus’ group, named after former dominant silverback Titus, who died in 2009.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has a very special partnership with Partners In Conservation/ Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (PIC), which has helped fund ongoing mountain gorilla protection activities and significant education and outreach programs in Africa.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund staff have observed that groups can form and develop in a variety of ways. Iyambere is a young silverback, at just 14 years old, and also earns credit for being among the youngest to establish a group.
Help mountain gorillas by voting for the Fossey Fund in the Alpine category of the European Outdoor Conservation Association! Voting is open from October 5-19.
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