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Mountain gorillas are the most endangered of the gorilla species Approximately 600 orso remain They are massive in size with a short thick trunk and broad chest andshoulders Its eyes are very small in proportion to its other features Older males developlonger heads and are twice the size of females The most severe threat to mountaingorillas is habitat loss The fertile volcanic soil of the Virunga Mountains is as highlyvalued as farm land Conservation programs have been set up in Rwanda Uganda and Congo to lessen trespassing However it still poses a major problem By nature gorillasare very shy and easy going and seek no trouble The only exception to this is if thefamily group is threatened the gorilla will bravely defend them Family groups usuallyconsist of thirty or less members At least one adult male and a few females andjuveniles Gorillas continually rove through their home ranges which are about ten tofifteen square miles Females give birth at about ten years of age and will have moreoffspring every three to four years Males breed between twelve and fifteen years Females are able to conceive for only three days each month and will only produce oneyoung The baby is weaned at about three and a half years of ageIn Western Africa gorillas are hunted for meat or in vengeance for crop raiding In Eastern Africa they have been caught in snares and traps set for other animals Poachers have wiped out entire families in their attempts to capture infants for zoos orfor their heads and hands which serve as trophies African Wildlife Foundation 1-3 Humans and gorillas share a common ancestor One did not evolve from the other butrather split evolutionary paths about ten million years ago George Schaller a gorillaNo one who looks into a gorillas eyes--intelligent gentle vulnerable--canremain unchanged for the gap between ape and human vanishes we know thatthe gorilla still lives within us Do gorillas also recognize this ancientMountain Gorillas inhabit
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