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Rare Gorilla Twins Born in the Wild

Rare Gorilla Twins Born in the Wild

Twin endangered mountain gorillas were born in northern Rwanda, it was reported Monday. It was only the sixth set of twins born in Rwanda in the last 40 years. “Itís uncommon among the population of gorillas, and very few cases of twins have been documented in the wild or captivity. The twins in Hirwa Group provide another opportunity for comparative research on this rare case of twining in primates, therefore continuing to get more knowledge and reference for gorilla research, and conservation in general,” said Prosper Uwingeli, the Chief Park Warden. (Source:

There are less than 800 remaining mountain gorillas in the wild.

This number is actually up since 2003, when scientists and conservationists began efforts to reduce poaching. Many of these gorillas live in four national parks in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Congo (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Virunga National Park, and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park). Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda was made famous by the film “Gorillas in the Mist,” about the life and work of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey.

One of the reasons the mountain gorilla population is increasing there is the effort made beginning eight years ago, to beef up conservation patrols with more rangers using better equipment. Their presence and vigilance has decreased some of the poaching, and created a more stable environment for gorillas to live in and reproduce. While the area has been stabilized somewhat, there is still military conflict and poaching taking place. Recently, a number of wildlife rangers were killed along with some government officials in an attack in the Congo.

Rwanda’s gorillas draw many tourists each year from foreign countries. Last year $200 million dollars was made from tourism, which was an increase from the previous year of about 14 percent. The number one tourist activity was gorilla tracking.

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7:57AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:33AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo.

5:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

may they have long and safe life.

8:56AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011


8:44AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

How exciting!

5:47AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Thank you

5:06AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:35PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

What wonderful news...a rare set of twins! Hoping that they live long lives.
Thanks for this uplifting story Jake.

3:28PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Glad that there are more gorillas in the wild. Thank You.

10:33AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Felicitations for the mother and father of the gorilla twins. Wish them lots of luck and health.

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