Civil with gorillas

Civil with gorillas Civil war in Rwanda has claimed 500,000 lives, but it has spared 60 rare gorillas in the Virunga mountains, a big draw for tourists in the past 15 years. A recent census has accounted for all but 2 of the creatures.

Of Rwanda's 650 mountain gorillas, a third live in Rwanda's northern mountains. Sixty of these big apes have been studied for many years at the Karisoke research centre, made famous by the late American naturalist, Dian Fossey.

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