Gorilla meat being sold for $6 a hand-sized piece
Gorilla poaching in the Republic of Congo continues unabated according to the latest research. The most recent known death was a female gorilla killed near Ndinga Village in November, while gorilla meat is still for sale in food markets of Pointe Noire, the republic's second largest city.
During December 2010 and February 2011, Endangered Species International (ESI) undertook several field expeditions in the deep rainforest between Loaka and Boungolo in the Kouilou region of the Republic of Congo to locate remaining western lowland gorillas. Bushmeat remains the biggest threat to these gorillas' survival. The ESI team also held conservation awareness programmes throughout the villages.
During the field surveys, ESI discovered and followed a previously unidentified group of gorillas. Approaching them was extremely difficult because the gorillas strongly feared humans -confirming that hunting pressure is high.
The group was found in Marantaceae swampy forest making difficult to follow them closely. ESI observed the gorillas from a distance of about 20 meters throughout the thick vegetation. Seven recent and fresh nests were found. Gorillas construct nests each night from leaves and branches.
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