News Learning more about bamboo, a key gorilla food

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. 

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
Concerned URL http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf
Source http://gorillafund.org/news--events
Release date 22/12/2015
Contributor Deogratias Tuyisingize
Geographical coverage Rwanda and DRCongo,
Keywords Bamboo, gorillas, food distribution,

Gorillas eat both bamboo leaves and bamboo shoots. While most gorilla food plant species are available throughout the year, bamboo shoots – a real favorite – are only available during the rainy seasons. Because the bamboo grows in a bamboo “zone” at the very edge of the Volcanoes National Park, bamboo shoot season is the time of year we often find the gorillas ranging outside of the park. Such behavior can lead to a variety of problems, such as eating eucalyptus trees and other crops or getting too close to human communities, and requires considerably extra monitoring and protection by our staff. 

In addition, bamboo is also the key food species for golden monkeys, which are found exclusively in the bamboo zone and are unique to this region. And even buffaloes and elephants in this habitat feed on bamboo shoots.

For more information, log on Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International website. 

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons.

Gorillas eat both bamboo leaves and bamboo shoots. While most gorilla food plant species are available throughout the year, bamboo shoots – a real favorite – are only available during the rainy seasons. Because the bamboo grows in a bamboo “zone” at the very edge of the Volcanoes National Park, bamboo shoot season is the time of year we often find the gorillas ranging outside of the park. Such behavior can lead to a variety of problems, such as eating eucalyptus trees and other crops or getting too close to human communities, and requires considerably extra monitoring and protection by our staff. 

In addition, bamboo is also the key food species for golden monkeys, which are found exclusively in the bamboo zone and are unique to this region. And even buffaloes and elephants in this habitat feed on bamboo shoots.

- See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons.

Gorillas eat both bamboo leaves and bamboo shoots. While most gorilla food plant species are available throughout the year, bamboo shoots – a real favorite – are only available during the rainy seasons. Because the bamboo grows in a bamboo “zone” at the very edge of the Volcanoes National Park, bamboo shoot season is the time of year we often find the gorillas ranging outside of the park. Such behavior can lead to a variety of problems, such as eating eucalyptus trees and other crops or getting too close to human communities, and requires considerably extra monitoring and protection by our staff. 

In addition, bamboo is also the key food species for golden monkeys, which are found exclusively in the bamboo zone and are unique to this region. And even buffaloes and elephants in this habitat feed on bamboo shoots.

- See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf

During our nearly 50 years of studying the mountain gorillas, the Fossey Fund has learned a lot about the plants they consume and the interactions between distribution of food plants, habitat suitability and the gorillas’ movements. Although the gorillas consume up to 200 plant species, bamboo is a key food and very important for a number of reasons. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/learning-more-about-bamboo#sthash.eiWEpi8I.dpuf

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