Cross River gorillas caught on video

By John Upton

There are two species of gorillas — Eastern and Western, both of which live exclusively in Africa. Cross River gorillas are an extremely rare subspecies of the Western gorilla. Just 250 of the great apes are believed to live today.

In a world first, using a camera hidden in a tree, conservationists working in Cameroon’s Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary shot video of eight of them traipsing down a jungle trail.

Wait or scroll through to the 38-second mark to watch one beat his chest and charge past the hidden camera in an apparent show of aggression and domination.

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