Park rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa recently took part in an undercover operation to rescue a baby eastern lowland gorilla from poachers. The illegal hunters were trying to sell the endangered animal for $40,000.
Shamavu, named after one of the rangers who saved him, was the fourth baby gorilla rescued this year. Although scared, he was in good health. "He was one of the lucky ones, because he was rescued," says Jan Ramer, a veterinarian who examined Shamavu.
The infant ape now lives with 11 other rescued gorillas in a forest enclosure at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Eventually, they'll be released into a partly free-range environment.
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|Title Annotation:||BIOLOGY: ENDANGERED SPECIES|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jan 2, 2012|
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