The western lowland gorilla
, whose adult males are called silverbacks for the distinctive fur on their backs, is listed as a (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/9404/0) critically endangered species since 2007, and only about 100,000 individuals remain, according to an estimate by (http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/great_apes/gorillas/western_lowland_gorilla/) World Wide Fund for Nature .
It is feared that the western lowland gorilla
will be extinct by 2020 if their numbers continue to decline at the current rate, mainly due to deforestation, the ebola virus and the bushmeat trade.
In Gorillas in Gabon, the second in a two-part radio series entitled The Gene Team, listeners will learn how the latest in genetic research techniques are helping to unlock the secrets of the western lowland gorilla
. By finding Madame Bovary, the team also hope to locate their prime suspect in the killing of Porthos.
This is the second time that such behaviour has been recorded in wild western lowland gorillas
in the forests of central Africa.
For the first of its kind surgery, the 32-year-old lowland gorilla
, named Liesel, was given a King Kong-sized shot of anaesthetic, reports the Mirror.
Staff at the zoo have more than 450 different species to contend with, from tiny leaf insects and hundreds of fish, to dozens of penguins, masses of monkeys and Jock, the 330lb male lowland gorilla
The tiny western lowland gorilla
, which has yet to be named, was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens last week.
Kumbuka, a western lowland gorilla
, arrived at London Zoo three years ago to take part in a breeding programme.
But staff at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, are making sure the three-and-a-half-monthold Western Lowland gorilla
doesn't feel lonely.
FIERCE CREATURE: The Lowland gorilla
went berserk after teenagers teased it; GRABBED: Rivers Noah
Not only will holidaymakers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit, but they can also get up close with baby Bolingo, an endangered Western lowland gorilla
, who has just celebrated his first birthday.
KISHINA, a western lowland gorilla
, holds her male baby, Bolingo, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay after a successful reintroduction.
Koko, the 26-year-old western lowland gorilla
, simply sat patiently at her computer screen as Net surfers around the world tapped in 3000 questions.
We risk wiping out some of our closest animal relatives THE eastern lowland gorilla
is one of four species of primate on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.
He wants the western lowland gorilla
born to Lena two weeks ago - whose gender is yet to be confirmed - named Harambe or Harambetta to "honour our lost friend" and tweeted his suggestion to Dublin Zoo.