Another rare mountain gorilla has been found shot to death in Zaire, the eighth gorilla killing reported in the region this year despite international protective measures, the African Wildlife Foundation said.
Meanwhile, officials reported Friday the births of two gorilla babies in adjacent Rwanda, and an infant male was discovered safe near the Ugandan border in Zaire after being reported missing last month.
Only about 600 mountain gorillas remain on Earth, and U.S. and European wildlife groups have been involved with African governments in a campaign to protect them.
Recent unrest in the border areas of Zaire, Uganda and Rwanda have been blamed for the most recent killings. Wildlife experts say poachers, looking for baby gorillas or other animals, are believed responsible for most of the killings in Zaire’s Virunga National Park and the neighboring Bwindi park of Uganda.