News Mountain gorilla census now underway

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif, which straddles the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif, which straddles the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif, which straddles the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif, which straddles the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif, which straddles the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is delighted to announce that it will participate in the 2015 census of the Virunga mountain gorillas, a large collaborative project that is now underway. This effort will involve counting all the mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga massif, which straddles the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. - See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf
Concerned URL http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start
Source http://gorillafund.org/news--events
Release date 22/12/2015
Contributor Deogratias Tuyisingize
Geographical coverage Virunga Massif
Keywords Gorilla, Census.

How it’s done

Census staff will systematically walk throughout the gorillas’ entire range, following gorilla trails as they are encountered from west to east. The count will be based on observations of night nests, dung samples and hair samples, which provide various kinds of evidence. For example, the presence of silver hair indicates nests of silverbacks. Dung samples are used in several ways: to approximate age of individuals in each group by measuring dung size; to determine their sex and unique identity using DNA extraction; and to establish health status by analyzing gastrointestinal parasites that may be present.

The first part of the census will be conducted over a period of approximately 11 weeks and will be the first “sweep” of the area. A second sweep of the forest is planned to take place again early next year. Each phase will be followed by data analysis and the release of preliminary results, followed by a final report.

- See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf

How it’s done

Census staff will systematically walk throughout the gorillas’ entire range, following gorilla trails as they are encountered from west to east. The count will be based on observations of night nests, dung samples and hair samples, which provide various kinds of evidence. For example, the presence of silver hair indicates nests of silverbacks. Dung samples are used in several ways: to approximate age of individuals in each group by measuring dung size; to determine their sex and unique identity using DNA extraction; and to establish health status by analyzing gastrointestinal parasites that may be present.

The first part of the census will be conducted over a period of approximately 11 weeks and will be the first “sweep” of the area. A second sweep of the forest is planned to take place again early next year. Each phase will be followed by data analysis and the release of preliminary results, followed by a final report.

- See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf

How it’s done

Census staff will systematically walk throughout the gorillas’ entire range, following gorilla trails as they are encountered from west to east. The count will be based on observations of night nests, dung samples and hair samples, which provide various kinds of evidence. For example, the presence of silver hair indicates nests of silverbacks. Dung samples are used in several ways: to approximate age of individuals in each group by measuring dung size; to determine their sex and unique identity using DNA extraction; and to establish health status by analyzing gastrointestinal parasites that may be present.

The first part of the census will be conducted over a period of approximately 11 weeks and will be the first “sweep” of the area. A second sweep of the forest is planned to take place again early next year. Each phase will be followed by data analysis and the release of preliminary results, followed by a final report.

- See more at: http://gorillafund.org/news--events/mountain-gorilla-census-ready-to-start#sthash.4qOxgs3C.dpuf

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