Gorillas destroy poachers’ snares

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Gorilla breaking branch connected to snare, photo credit Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

From Wildlife Extra:

Young mountain gorillas observed destroying poachers’ snares for the first time!

Some gorillas have learned to recognise and remoce snares – Sadly not all

July 2012. Field staff of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund observed several young gorillas in Rwanda, from a family of gorillas known as Kuryama’s group, destroying snares set by poachers!

Deactivated 2 snares

“We knew that gorillas do this but all of the reported cases in the past were carried out by adult gorillas, mostly silverbacks,” said Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Karisoke Research Center. “Today, two juveniles and one blackback from Kuryama’s group worked together to deactivate two snares and how they did it demonstrated an impressive cognitive skill.”

Gorilla killed by snare – Second this year

Snares set by poachers are one of the worst threats to the safety of the mountain gorillas. The timing of this…

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