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Mountain Gorillas in captivity.
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Im just wondering if there are any mountain gorillas in captivity. i vaguelly remember reading that there was one in NL maybe with an eastern and western lowlan gorillas. however i was wondering if a zoo actually has a breeding troop of captive mountain Gorillas.

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The Dutch gorilla you refer to is actually at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium. It is a female which is most likely an Eastern lowland gorilla and as such probably the last in captivity. The last confirmed Mountain Gorillas in captivity died after a few years at Cologne Zoo in Germany in 1978 or so. Belgian and German members can no doubt go into more details for you.
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There have been so few Mountain Gorillas in captivity, much less ever a breeding group. Mind you that only a few decades ago a zoo that had more than one gorilla was considered something. Breeding was thought to be impossible.
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The Dutch gorilla you refer to is actually at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium. It is a female which is most likely an Eastern lowland gorilla and as such probably the last in captivity. The last confirmed Mountain Gorillas in captivity died after a few years at Cologne Zoo in Germany in 1978 or so. Belgian and German members can no doubt go into more details for you.
Given the fact that Zoo d'Anvers has a singleton and there IS in fact an Eastern lowland gorilla rehab in situ in D.R. Congo and that Zoo d'Anvers is planning on phase out with gorillas .... it would seem the decent thing to re-house the purported Eastern lowland to this rehab programme.
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Ahh right. so i take it taht they only have Western gorillas in captivity (mountain gorillas are found in the east right?)

I thought that maybe an American zoo would have some mountain gorillas. I also didnt know that there was only one Eastern Gorilla in captivity.

Who knows with the increase in standard of exhibits and the fact that mountain gorillas are only at 700 in the wild. one zoo may need to take in a breeding group (very extreme and unlikely i know).
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@Mzungu, there are 2 eastern gorilla's in captivity. One female mountain- and one female eastern lowland gorilla, both in Antwerpen(Belgium).
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Thanks, i also read that tehre might be one in Houston TX.
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@Mzungu, the one in Houston died in 2004.
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Ahh okay. thanks for the info. does anyone have a vague idea of how many gorillas there are in captivity. their numbers of definately increasing with many zoos planning to have them in the future such as Chester.
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at 1/1/2008 there were 875 western gorilla's listed in the ISB. in 2007 the population grew with 3 animals.
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Thanks, just as i suspected. there are more western gorillas in captivity then there are mountain gorillas in the wild.
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@Mzungu, there are 2 eastern gorilla's in captivity. One female mountain- and one female eastern lowland gorilla, both in Antwerpen(Belgium).
This is Amahoro: Eastern Gorilla at Antwerp Zoo Jan 09

She is the (possible/probable) Mountain Gorilla at Antwerp.

In addition to Amahoro and Victoria (the confirmed Eastern Lowland female), the zoo also has a male Western Lowland.
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She is the (possible/probable) Mountain Gorilla at Antwerp.
I still don't think Amahoro is a true 'Beringei' Mountain Gorilla as she does not have long shaggy hair. But nor is she the same as Victoria, who is a definite Eastern Lowland. l have often wondered if she came from the Bwindi Forest in Uganda- though labelled 'Mountain Gorillas' this population is said to have characteristics of both the other races/subspecies(Graueri & Beringei).
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That's not a bad theory - it's true that visually she doesn't quite match the 'classic' Mountain Gorilla look.
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Just a querie, but why don't mountain gorillas do well in captivity?
 


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