Geriatric female mountain Gorilla Gave birth
|Source||Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International|
|Contributor||Jean Pierre Samedi Mucyo|
One of the elderly female gorilla that Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International monitor surprisingly gave birth at the age of 38 this February 2016. On 14 th February 2016 trackers that monitor the gorilla group called Iyambere in which the female Izuru belongs found her with a baby which astonished them as she is one of oldest gorilla that Fossey Fund monitor and she gave birth above the expected life expectancy which is 35 age in wild mountain gorillas. This could also confirm the small period of menopause in gorillas which have been estimated to be 1-3% of the entire life span of a female gorilla (Robbins et al, 2006).
A.M. Robbins, M.M. Robbins, N. Gerald-Steklis, H.D. Steklis, Age-related patterns of reproductive success among female mountain gorillas, Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 131(2006) 511–521.
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