Rare gorillas use weapons to attack forest-intruding humans
December 5, 2007
Native to Nigeria and Cameroon, the population of Cross River gorillas is now down to around 300 individuals due to poaching and habitat destruction for logging, subsistence agriculture, and collection of fuelwood. Next month WCS will begin new field surveys to catalogue all potential gorilla habitat in the region. The initiative comes as part of WCS's Cross River gorilla action plan, which was announced earlier this year.
The use of weaponry by gorillas was reported in a study published in the Journal of Primatology. Gorillas usually flee when encountered by humans.
The behavior took place in the proposed Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary in Cameroon. Gorillas have also been observed using sticks to measure the depth of a stream prior to crossing
The International Journal of Primatology is offering free online access through the end of 2007