Located in the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary in Cameroon, the camera trap has recorded to first-ever video of Cross River gorillas. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the species has less than 250 individuals remaining.
The sanctuary was established in 2008 with only one goal- to protect the Cross River gorilla species, which survives only in the mountain forests along the Nigerian and Cameroon borders.
“This video gives us all a spectacular view into the hidden world of one of our closest relatives, which is in dire need of our help to survive,” said WCS president and COO Steve Sanderson.
“The video represents the best images to date of Cross River gorillas, normally shy animals hat flee at the slightest hint of human presence,” said Christopher Jameson, also of WCS. “The footage provides us with our first tantalizing glimpses of Cross River gorillas behaving normally in their environment. A person can study these animals for years and never catch a glimpse of the gorillas, much less see anything like this.”