mountain gorilla


Definition of mountain gorilla

: a gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) inhabiting the Virunga mountain range

Examples of mountain gorilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group was the first to reside in the southern section of the park that is home to about half of the world's mountain gorilla population. Samson Ntale, CNN, "The poacher who killed the rare silverback gorilla Rafiki is jailed for 11 years," 30 July 2020 The last time a mountain gorilla died at the hands of humans was in 2011. Jack Losh, National Geographic, "Beloved silverback gorilla killed by poachers in Uganda," 12 June 2020 The group was the first to reside in the southern section of the park that is home to about half of the world's mountain gorilla population. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Four poachers arrested in connection with the death of rare silverback gorilla Rafiki," 13 June 2020 This month, for example, a conservation group reported that four rare mountain gorillas had been electrocuted by lightning in Mgahinga National Park, Uganda. Shola Lawal, New York Times, "Africa, a Thunder and Lightning Hot Spot, May See Even More Storms," 10 Feb. 2020 In 2008, there were an estimated 680 mountain gorillas in existence. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "4 endangered mountain gorillas killed by lightning strike in Uganda, conservation groups say," 10 Feb. 2020 Yet Fossey herself, who died in 1985, would likely be surprised any mountain gorillas are left to study. Washington Post, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 3 Dec. 2019 Primates can catch respiratory illnesses from humans and mountain gorillas can die from the common cold, according to BBC Wildlife magazine, citing the World Wildlife Fund. Fox News, "Africa's mountain gorillas face coronavirus risk," 24 Mar. 2020 Mountain Gorillas Make a Comeback Threatened by poaching and deforestation, mountain gorillas have been at grave risk. Scientific American, "An African Research Odyssey," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of mountain gorilla

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Mountain gorilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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