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Gorilla Sound

Post  whitestarling on Tue May 18, 2010 11:11 pm

Gorilla Sound
Research and Conservation of Western Gorillas

A really lovely Blog updated every few days here is a sample of the latest update

. . . Know when to run. Kenny Rogers was talking about playing cards but its equally applicable to collecting data. Yesterday was one huge data collection disaster. The day started off fine, we found Kingo. Roberta went off with her tracker to find Ugly, the first female of the day. Since Kingo is so far away from camp by the time we find him in the morning we have to start data collection really quickly or we run out of time to do two hours for each follow. No females were close to Kingo. We saw Fini but she quickly ran away. Roberta found Mama. Then no one. Then she saw Emilie and Mekome but they were even further away. After an hour and a half they gave up searching for Ugly and started on another female, we’d only manage one data point for the morning. We eventually found Ugly far away from Kingo and far away from the other females who were feeding as a group. Part of my data collection is to record the proximity of the females. While going on a control I was following my tracker and suddenly there was this massive explosion of pain on my forehead. My tracker turns round and sees me and says run run, I was standing underneath a wasp nest and about to get stung by millions of them. Luckily all I got was that one because that was the most painful sting I’ve ever had. I spent the rest of the morning thinking “Is my tongue swelling up? Has the side of my face gone numb?” it was that painful. Or maybe I’m just a wuss. And then Kingo was acting skittish because the females were far ahead and going towards a bokoko fruit tree where Roberta and her tracker found traces of other gorillas. He charged Mekome. He charged Mkpeta and Roberta twice. He charged Mekome again so viciously that everyone was screaming and Mekome turned round and chased him back screaming and trying to hit him. Which actually looked hysterical, first we saw Kingo running after her in one direction then 10 seconds later he’s running back in the other direction being chased by her

The link is http://gorillasound.wildlifedirect.org/

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Post  Laikipia on Wed May 19, 2010 8:36 am

A great update WS - thanks for the link

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Post  Doogs on Wed May 19, 2010 11:02 am

Oooh thanks for this WS, will check it out when I get the chance - too much to 'check out' at the moment !!! Razz
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Post  littlewid on Wed May 19, 2010 12:28 pm

Thanks WS, that's a nice one to follow. I will mark it to my favourites, the more I can learn about the gorilla the happier I will be. It's also nice that these reports are from the field.

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