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Mountain Gorilla Deaths Linked to Human Virus

Thousands of visitors trek up Africa’s equatorial volcanoes each year to see the world’s remaining mountain gorillas at close quarters. The thriving gorilla tourist economy has generally been good for the great apes, and may even have secured their survival. But a new study finds that human viruses have infected and killed gorillas. So do tourists also bring their fellow primates the kiss of death?

Snare Claims Young Mountain Gorilla

Sekenabo, a two-year-old male mountain gorilla with the Kabirizi group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park, has died after sustaining serious wounds in a poacher’s snare, writes Molly Feltner on the Great Apes Blog. Only about 720 of the highly endangered animals exist. Park rangers who found and freed the trapped…