Gorilla conservation problems and activities in north Kivu, eastern Zaire

  • Published source details Lanjouw A. (1995) Gorilla conservation problems and activities in north Kivu, eastern Zaire. African Primates, 1, 44-46.


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Humans chase primates using random loud noise

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Primate Conservation
  1. Humans chase primates using random loud noise

    A study in 1996 in subtropical montane forest and plantation mosaic in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo found that one habituated group of mountain gorillas Gorilla beringei beringei that were raiding corn and banana plantations 3 km from the edge of the park were chased back into the forest using random noise. The authors provided no details on the size of the gorilla group. Rangers produced noise by banging on pots and pans to move the entire gorilla group back into the forest. Guards were dressed in civilian clothing and surrounded the group. Chasing was stopped as the gorillas where within 500 m of the park to avoid association of disturbance with the forest. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme purchased large bells for future interventions.

    (Summarised by: JJ)

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