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Feb 9, 2020
February 9, 2020
Four endangered mountain gorillas were killed by lightning during a severe storm in southwest Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park last week.
The lightning strike on February 3 killed three adult females, one of which was pregnant, and a newborn infant, prompting concern from wildlife experts about the species’ ability to reproduce.
“This was extremely sad,” Andrew Seguya, with the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration – an official body set up to safeguard local wildlife – told the BBC.
“The potential of the three females for their contribution to the population was immense.”
The mountain gorillas were part of the 17-member Hirwa family, which came to Mgahinga National Park in August last year from Volcanoes National Park in neighbouring Rwanda. Only 13 members of the Hirwa gorilla group remain.
A post-mortem examination has been performed on the four who died.
“Based on the gross lesions from the post-mortem... the tentative cause of death for all four individuals is likely to be electrocution by lightning,” the GVTC said, although laboratory confirmation will take two to three weeks.
In 2008, there were estimated to be only 680 of the great apes left but thanks to conservation efforts and anti-poaching patrols, their population has grown to more than 1,000.
Due to these efforts, in 2018 the mountain gorilla, a subspecies of the eastern gorilla, was moved from “critically endangered” to “endangered” on the IUCN’s Red List of threatened species.
Updated: February 9, 2020 01:46 PM
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