mountain gorilla

noun

Definition of mountain gorilla

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

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Many come to encounter the rare mountain gorillas and Rwanda is increasing the ability for tourists to see other big game such as elephants, lions, leopards and buffaloes, as well as rhinos. Washington Post, "5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda," 25 June 2019 These results are particularly pertinent given the current presence of Ebola virus in eastern DRC, which poses a threat not only to humans, but also mountain gorillas, Grauer’s gorillas, and eastern chimpanzees. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, "Friend or foe, gorillas groom their dead," 12 Apr. 2019 The flat expanse, dotted with acacia trees, is very different from the rest of the country's forests, where the mountain gorillas live. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rwanda Just Pulled Off the Largest Transport of Rhinos From Europe to Africa," 26 June 2019 Gentle gaints like mountain gorillas only survive in the jungles of Africa, and wild lemurs are hard to find in any other place but native Madagascar. National Geographic, "10 unforgettable animal-watching adventures," 21 June 2019 Democratic Republic of Congo Home to mountain gorillas, breathtaking forest and an active volcano, Alford plans to go to northeast DRC’s Virunga National Park this summer. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "5 places the world’s youngest globe-trotter can’t wait to revisit," 14 June 2019 Even rarer are those that destroy traps, limited among vertebrates to two groups of chimpanzees and mountain gorillas that disassemble poachers’ snares. Jake Buehler, Science | AAAS, "Watch an ant rip apart a spiderweb to rescue a sibling," 7 June 2019 The region’s mountain gorilla population dropped sharply in the past century because of poaching, illness and human encroachment. Washington Post, "Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting ‘baby boom’," 25 Apr. 2018 The four-night extension includes a journey through Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, home to the rare golden monkeys and mountain gorillas (starting in March, from $3,795). Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five New Cruise Experiences We Can’t Wait For in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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