Silverback gorillas

Kabatwa, a silverback mountain gorilla, carries her twins in the Virunga Mountains, just outside northwestern Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi. According to a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST0000235" title="2010 Census" href="/topic/social-issues/2010-census-EVHST0000235.topic">2010 census</a>, the total number of mountain gorillas has increased by a quarter over the past seven years to reach more than 780 individuals. Two-thirds of them are found in the Virunga chain that straddles Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were brought to the attention of the outside world by the renowned US primatologist, the late <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000696" title="Dian Fossey" href="/topic/arts-culture/dian-fossey-PEHST000696.topic">Dian Fossey</a>.

( Getty Images / August 22, 2011 )

Kabatwa, a silverback mountain gorilla, carries her twins in the Virunga Mountains, just outside northwestern Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi. According to a 2010 census, the total number of mountain gorillas has increased by a quarter over the past seven years to reach more than 780 individuals. Two-thirds of them are found in the Virunga chain that straddles Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were brought to the attention of the outside world by the renowned US primatologist, the late Dian Fossey.

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