Mountain Gorilla news

My facebook page is full of mountain gorilla news today! Here’s the interests articles I’ve seen posted today.


Seven Gorilla Facts You Should Know (From WWF)

Silverback Mafunzo

Silverback Mafunzo, from the Dian Fossey Gorilla fund

Solitary Mountain Gorilla Forms New Group

Ndakasi as a baby. From Gorilla Doctors.

Orphaned Mountain Gorilla Ndakasi

Ndakasi was orphaned in 2007 and taken into captivity. Now at 6 years old, she is successfully socialized with a group of other orphan mountain gorillas. Because re-introductions are more successful if whole group are released, they may have a shot being safely re-introduced to the wild. 



About Dr. Michelle A. Rodrigues

I am a primatologist/biological anthropologist who studies comparative social behavior and endocrinology. My dissertation research focused on stress and friendship in female spider monkeys. Most of my graduate research was conducted at El Zota Biological Field Station, with a little help from the spider monkeys at Brookfield Zoo, IL. I have also studied howler monkeys, rhesus monkeys, bonobos, and chimpanzees, as well as participated in studies on gorillas, pachyderms, and big cats. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, where I am examining how female friendship and social support mediate stressors experienced by teenager girls and female scientists. I've taught courses in introductory biological anthropology, world prehistory, and co-instructed a field course in primate behavior and conservation at El Zota. I love teaching about primates and evolution!
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