Cross River Gorilla Project

Cross River Gorilla Project

The Great Gorillas Project will not only enable Paignton Zoo to continue its vital conservation and education work, it will also make a difference in saving Cross River gorillas from extinction. The Cross River gorilla closely resembles the lowland gorilla found at Paignton Zoo.

Once thought to be extinct, this unique subspecies of gorilla ‘resurfaced’ in the 1980s and is found only along the southern section of the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Fewer than 300 Cross Rivera gorillas remain in the wild and it is the most endangered African ape, ranking among the world's 25 most endangered primate species. Illegal hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss threaten the future of Cross River gorillas.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has supported Cross Rivera gorilla research and conservation efforts since 1996, helping to manage protected areas that provide refuge to these gravely endangered apes.


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