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Scientists Taking Census of Endangered Gorillas

October 11, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A team of 100 African scientists is counting rare mountain gorillas living in the range straddling Congo, Rwanda and Uganda -- the first such census in 14 years, the Uganda Wildlife Authority said.

Scientists from the three nations began counting the endangered primates, made famous in the movie "Gorillas in the Mist," last month in an effort to pinpoint their exact number and determine what factors are affecting the population, the wildlife authority said in a statement.

There are believed to be about 670 mountain gorillas living in the wild, based on recent partial counts.

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