mountain gorilla

noun

Definition of mountain gorilla 

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

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There are fewer than 1,000 mountain gorillas in the wild. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018 Baraka is one of more than 170 rangers who have died during the past two decades protecting wildlife in the park and visitors who come to see the animals, particularly its famed mountain gorillas. National Geographic, "Virunga National Park Sees Its Worst Violence in a Decade, Director Says," 14 June 2018 In a week, de Rossi and DeGeneres will be traveling to Rwanda, where the TV host is building the Ellen DeGeneres campus to help save the mountain gorillas there. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Why Portia de Rossi Decided to Quit Acting – Then Came Back for Arrested Development," 16 May 2018 Virunga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to about one-fourth of the remaining mountain gorillas in the wild. Washington Post, "Congo: 6 workers killed in ambush at Virunga National Park," 9 Apr. 2018 The mountain gorillas really are the expression of what Virunga can achieve, which is this incredible success story. National Geographic, "Virunga National Park Sees Its Worst Violence in a Decade, Director Says," 14 June 2018 Virunga is home to about one-quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, and the work of protecting them has proven dangerous. Fox News, "2 British tourists kidnapped in Congo freed," 13 May 2018 Its mountain gorillas are perhaps the park's most prized residents -- not to mention the biggest draw for tourists to venture across the border from Rwanda. Nada Bashir, CNN, "Foreign tourists involved in potential kidnapping in Virunga National Park," 11 May 2018 The region's mountain gorilla population dropped sharply in the past century because of poaching, illness and human encroachment. Rodney Muhumuza, Fox News, "Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting 'baby boom'," 25 Apr. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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