EQUATIONS TO DISTINGUISH GORILLA NESTS AND TO KNOW SIZE OF GORILLA GROUPS THROUGH DIRECT AND INDIRECT METHODS WHEN TRAINING TRACKERS IN THE KAHUZI BIEGA NATIONAL PARK (KBNP).
SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC).
Long term observations by Author and trainer:
John Kahekwa Munihuzi
Four great ape species inhabit Africa and Asia. These are: Chimpanzees, Orangutans, Gorillas and Bonobos. With the exception of Orangutans, whose habitat is in Asia, the three other species live in Africa, with the largest populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The four species of great ape construct night nests; some members in the trees (upper) and other members on the ground (lower). This article is based on daily, long term observations focused on the nesting and the size of the groups of the Grauer Gorillas, (Gorilla beringei graueri) ranging in the Kahuzi Biega National Park (KBNP), particularly groups in the highland sector.
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