A group of rare gorillas, about 300 live in the mountains of southern Nigeria according to photos released for the first time in years – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The primates live in some mountainous areas in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon but are rarely seen.
WCS said these Cross River gorillas are known to live in the wild, making them the most endangered sub-species.
WCS also disclosed that this revelation confirmed that these animals at risk of extinction are actually reproducing, which gives a hope for their likely preservation.
A number of infant gorillas are visible in the shots taken earlier this year.
Also, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says these Cross River gorillas are the world’s rarest great ape and that they are naturally wary of humans and have subtle distinctions from other species.
Their uniqueness is evident in their smaller heads, longer arms and lighter-coloured hair.
The WCS says it is working closely with a community organisation, the Conservation Association of the Mbe Mountains, as well as authorities in Nigeria’s Cross River state to protect the primates.