Extremely rare species of gorillas seen in Cross River state (Photos)
Photos have emerged for the first time in years showing a group of extremely rare gorillas in the mountains of southern Nigeria, in Cross River State.
Only 300 Cross River gorillas are known to live in the wild, making them the most endangered sub-species.
But the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says this sighting raises hopes that the animals at risk of extinction are actually reproducing.
A number of infant gorillas are visible in the shots taken earlier this year.
WCS an international NGO, in Nigeris said the pictures were captured by camera traps in the Mbe mountains.
They are naturally wary of humans and have subtle distinctions from other species, such as smaller heads, longer arms and lighter-coloured hair.
The primates were known to live in some mountainous areas in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon but are rarely seen.
The WCS 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.